We've listed all the materials in your home that can be recycled. Simply print this article out and keep it in your kitchen as a handy reference.


  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk Mail
  • Plain Envelopes
  • Paper
  • Phone Books
  • Catalogues
  • Tissue Boxes
  • Sugar Bags
  • Calendars
  • Diaries
  • Letters
  • Post-Its
  • Computer Paper
  • Used Beverage and Juice Cartons
  • Milk Cartons
  • Egg Boxes
  • Holiday Brochures
  • School Copy Books
  • School Books (if they cannot be donated or reused)
  • Paper Potato Bags


  • Food Boxes
  • Packaging Boxes
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Kitchen Towel Tubes
  • Toilet Roll Tubes (Please remove any plastic inserts from cardboard boxes before placing into bin)

Aluminum & Steel Cans

  • Empty Deodorant Cans (Plastic lid separate)
  • Pet Food Cans
  • Food Cans
  • Biscuit Tins
  • Soup Tins
Make sure plastic containers are empty before placing them into the recycling bin

Plastic Containers (Containers should be empty)

  • Mineral Bottles
  • Water Bottles
  • Mouth Wash Bottles
  • Salad Dressing Bottles
  • Milk Bottles
  • Juice Bottles
  • Cosmetic Bottles
  • Shampoo Bottles
  • Household Cleaning Bottles
  • Laundry Detergent Bottles
  • Window Cleaning Bottles
  • Bath Room Bottles
Many items must not be placed in the recycling bin such as food waste and liquids

The below items can NOT be placed into the recycling bin:

  • Nappies and Sanitary Products (including baby wipes)
  • Food Waste
  • Contaminated Packaging (greasy, dirty or with residue)
  • Garden Cuttings / Soil
  • Polystyrene (EPS)
  • Liquids/ Oils
  • Textiles – including clothes/shoes and home furnishings
  • Dismantled Furniture
  • Medical Waste
  • Glass – bring this to your local bring bank
  • Light Bulbs
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment i.e. anything that can contain a battery or a plug
  • Batteries
  • Some wrapping paper (do the scrunch test to be sure).

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Top Tips

  1. Recycle more items from the bathroom - shower gel, shampoo, detergent, cleaning agent bottles can all be recycled.
  2. Rinse any food or liquid residues from containers and remove any plastic / metal inserts.
  3. Remove inner packaging and flatten cardboard containers to help with the recycling process and to save space in your bin.
  4. Do not put food waste or other compostable materials (such as soiled pizza boxes) into your recyclables bin, these materials should be placed into your compost bin.
  5. WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment – anything with a battery or a plug) can contain hazardous components and should not be placed into any household or business premise bin.
  6. Clothes or shoes should not be placed into your recycling bin, instead bring them to charity shops or dedicated clothes banks for recycling.
  7. Batteries should not be placed into bins. Batteries must be recycled appropriately and can be placed in battery boxes located in any shop that sells them.
  8. Know the correct collection day for your area – to ensure recyclables don’t build up and end up in the wrong bin.

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