What goes in your yellow bin?


To find out when your bins are collected click here. Your yellow bin is collected fortnightly.

Your yellow bin (recycling bin) is for common household packaging items typically bought at a supermarket and found in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry.  

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Only accepted paper, cardboard, hard plastic containers, glass bottles and jars, aluminium and steel cans can go in your recycling bin. These items must be loose in your recycling bin.  

  • Hard plastic bottles and containers (must have recycling code 1 to 6, such as ice cream containers and soft drink bottles)
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Polystyrene (not expanded)
  • Paper straws unused
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Steel and aluminium cans 

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  • Batteries, mobile phones
  • Electronic items (anything with a plug, battery or power cord)
  • Plastic bags, plastic film or soft plastics
  • Shopping receipts
  • Medicine blister packets
  • Ceramic mugs, plates, cutlery
  • Clothing/textiles/bedding
  • Footwear
  • Toys
  • Drinking glass, window glass, bakeware, pyrex
  • Toothpaste, tubes, toothbrushes
  • Coat hangers, bread tags
  • Nappies, wet wipes
  • Wooden and timber items
  • Waxed cardboard
  • Expanded polystyrene 

For more information on what goes in other bins, please visit our pages on What goes in your red bin, What goes in your green bin and our A-Z guide to recycling.  

What happens to your recycling? 

Items put into your yellow bin go to a local material recovery facility (MRF) where the contents of the bins are mechanically sorted into their different material types: 

  • Glass
  • Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Plastics 1 to 6

These materials are then sold as commodities to various recyclers who will then transform the material into new items.