Blue recycling bins and clear sacks are for recycling only. We won't collect your recycling bins or sacks if they contain non-recyclable household waste.

Recycling tips

  • squash plastic containers to save space
  • rinse bottles, jars, cartons, and cans to keep your bin clean
  • learn more about recycling plastics at Recycling plastics

A green tick iconon a white background to indicate YesYes - put these in blue bins and clear sacks

These recycling items should be placed loose in your blue bin or clear sacks:

  • aerosol cans (empty only)
  • aluminium drinks cans
  • art paper (not glued)
  • biscuit and sweet tins
  • books
  • brochures and catalogues
  • cardboard (clean)
  • cardboard egg boxes
  • cardboard labels
  • cardboard tubes from toilet rolls and kitchen paper
  • cling film (clean)
  • food and drink cartons (rinsed)
  • glass bottles and jars (clean)
  • greetings cards (no glitter)
  • juice cartons
  • junk mail
  • kitchen foil (clean)
  • long life milk cartons
  • metal food tins
  • metal lids and bottle tops
  • newspapers and magazines
  • paper envelopes (with and without windows)
  • plastic bottle tops (pop the tops back on bottles before recycling)
  • plastic bubble wrap
  • plastic carrier bags - should be empty, do not fill
  • plastic cleaning product bottles (without the trigger attachment)
  • plastic drink bottles (squash the bottle then pop the lid back on)
  • plastic food pots, punnets, trays and packaging including black plastic trays
  • plastic milk bottles (squash the bottle then pop the lid back on)
  • plastic sandwich packaging
  • plastic shampoo bottles
  • plastic yoghurt, margarine and ice cream containers
  • shredded paper
  • telephone directories (including Yellow Pages)
  • white and coloured paper
  • wrapping paper (no glitter or metallics)

A red cross icon on a white background to indicate NoNo - do not put these in blue bins or clear sacks

Your blue bins or clear sacks will not be collected if these items are found inside:

  • batteries - see Recycling batteries
  • bedding (donate to charity if possible)
  • chinaware (donate to charity if possible)
  • clothes and coats (donate to charity if possible)
  • coffee machine pods - see Podback coffee pod recycling
  • cooking pots and pans
  • crisp packets
  • electricals - see Recycling electrical items
  • food-soiled metal cans and tins
  • glass cookware
  • glass mirrors
  • glued or painted paper, card and cardboard
  • hard plastic, such as storage boxes
  • jiffy bags - please re-use these as much as possible
  • kitchen roll
  • large metal items such as filing cabinets
  • light bulbs and strip lights
  • plastic black bin liners
  • plastic plant pots
  • plastic sweet and chocolate wrappers
  • plastic toys
  • polystyrene foam
  • shoes (donate to charity if possible)
  • textiles - see Recycling textiles
  • tissue paper
  • window panes

Everyone is responsible for correct recycling

In the financial year 2019 to 2020, 9.17% of contents in blue bins and clear sacks were non-recyclable items. The recycling plant can turn away entire loads when non-recyclable items are found. Correct recycling is everyone's responsibility and it's important to understand proper recycling methods to save costs and protect the environment.

Recycling video: Right thing, right bin

Watch 'Recycling - right thing, right bin' on YouTube (3 minutes, 11 seconds).

Waste Wizard

Enter your postcode and the name of the item you want to recycle or dispose of and the Waste Wizard will show you lists of locations near you.

Go to the Waste Wizard

Contact the Recycling and Waste Team

Address: Cowley Marsh Depot
Marsh Road

Telephone: 01865 249811

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