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What you can put in your recycling

Items you can put in your recycling

  • Plastic bottles from your kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
  • Clear plastic food containers.
  • Glass bottles and jars.
  • Aluminium cans and empty aerosols.
  • Steel and tin cans.
  • Milk and juice cartons.
  • Egg cartons.
  • Paper and cardboard packaging.
  • Newspapers, magazines, advertising mail and envelopes.

Items you cannot put in your recycling

  • Plastic bags.
  • Food and garden waste.
  • Chemicals and hazardous waste.
  • Polystyrene takeaway containers and meat trays.
  • Batteries. Lithium based batteries can explode and have been known to cause fires in recycling trucks.
  • Nappies and sanitary products.
  • Clothing, shoes and textiles.
  • Window glass, mirror glass and light bulbs.
  • Cookware, Pyrex and drinking glasses.
  • Electronic and electrical items.
  • Building waste.
  • Medical waste.

For items not on this list, see How to get rid of unwanted items.

You can also see the Recycling guide.