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Blue bin - Recycling

Find out what you can put in your blue bin

Blue Bin - glass, cans, plastic bottles, cartons (liquid food & beverage), paper and card

Collection Frequency: Every two weeks. Please ensure your bin is placed outside your property by 6.30am on the day of collection.

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Report a missed bin collection 

Request a new/replacement blue bin 

Apply online for assisted wheeled bin collection 

Household Waste Recycling Centres and bring sites

What to put in your blue bin...


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All glass bottles and jars

We will not accept...

  • Pottery or ceramics
  • Window glass
  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex
  • Spectacles

Please rinse out all glass and jars before placing in the bin

Tip: There is no need to remove the labels


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  • All food and drink cans
  • Biscuit/Confectionery tins

We will not accept....

  • Aluminium foil
  • Crisp packets
  • Pots and pans
  • Paint tins
  • Cutlery

Please rinse out and squash cans before placing in the bin.


Household aerosol cans
Please discharge all contents and air and remove caps.

Plastic bottles (Types 1 & 2 only) 

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  • Plastic milk containers
  • Pop/drink bottles
  • Shampoo/conditioner bottles
  • Washing up liquid bottles
  • Fabric conditioner bottles
  • Any plastic bottles that bear the Type 1 &  2 recycling logos

We will not accept...

  • Margarine tubs
  • Yogurt pots
  • Ready meal trays
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Plastic film
  • Plant pots
  • Vending cups

    Tip: Bottle tops can be placed in your blue bin

Cartons (Liquid Food & Beverage type only) 


  •  Soup Cartons
  •  Milk Cartons
  •  Drink Cartons

Please ensure that all contents have been disposed of before placing in the bin.


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  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Brochures
  • Junk Mail
  • Envelopes (excludes window envelopes)  
  • Wrapping paper (excludes foil/holographic)
  • Office/Writing paper

Tip: There is no need to remove staples, but please remove any tape


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  • Cardboard packaging
  • Food Packaging (e.g. cereal boxes, food sleeves, egg boxes)
  • Toilet/kitchen roll inserts
  • Greeting Cards

Please ensure there is no food waste on any cardboard placed in the bag


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  • White directories
  • Catalogues
  • Yellow Pages

We will not accept

  • Hardback books
  • Hardback directories
  • Window envelopes
  • Wallpaper
  • Jiffy Bags
  • Normal household waste

Only waste placed inside the wheeled bin will be collected.  Please ensure the lid is closed.


Requesting new, additional/replacement bins

To request a blue bin or report a missing or damaged bin, please complete our online form below to request a replacement or contact Customer Services on 01756 700600.

Please note that in cases where a blue bin is a first issue, this will be provided free of charge.  However if the bin has been damaged, lost or stolen or where a property previously provided with a container no longer possesses a bin, it is Council's policy to make a charge for the bin.  Repairs due to wear and tear will be done free of charge.

If you are moving into a new or previously empty property and wish to request commencement of waste and recycling collections, please contact Customer Services on 01756 700600.  You must be registered for Council Tax to be eligible for household waste and recycling collections

Where does my recycling go?

Find out where your recycling materials go once we've collected it

We collect around 6000 tonnes of recycling every year and residents often ask about the destination of the materials we collect for recycling.

Recycling material is collected from the Councils kerbside scheme and recycling bring banks. All recyclables are co-mingled and collected from the kerbside and remaining bring sites.

The material is then transferred to Halton East Transfer station that is operated by Yorwaste.

The material is then loaded onto a bulker and transported to Yorwaste's Material Recovery Facility at Seamer Carr, Scarborough.

The material is then sorted and separated at the MRF into the following commodities:

· Steel cans - Tata Steel in Scunthorpe (via TJ Thomson & Son in Stockton, which is an approved supplier of Tata Steel) and other steel processors in the UK.

· Aluminium cans - Novelis Recycling in Warrington.

· Glass - Glass Recycling UK in Barnsley.

· Paper and cardboard - UPM in Shotton, Wales.

. Cartons - ACE UK in partnership with Sonoco Alcore, in Halifax, West Yorkshire

· Mixed plastic - Roydon Group in Manchester, JA Young in Leicester, Corby and Derby and Eco Plastics in Lincolnshire.

View our factsheets to find out about the recycling journey of the materials collected

 Factsheet 1 - Plastic bottles [386kb]

 Factsheet 2 - Cans [320kb]

 Factsheet 3 - Paper and Cardboard [313kb]

 Factsheet 4 - Glass [303kb]

 Factsheet - Cartons [1Mb]