What goes in the blue recycling bin

Please place recycling loose in your blue bin/sack or in a clear bag. We cannot collect recycling contained in black bags. Recycling bins/sacks containing black bags will not be emptied.

Please also rinse glass bottles, jars, cartons, plastic bottles and cans, as this helps to keep your bin clean. Squashing recycling also saves space in your bin and the collection vehicle.

Check our list for what we can and can't accept for recycling. 


Recycling - household plastic and packaging

Green Tick IconYes Please

  • Bottle tops
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cleaning product bottles (remove trigger and put into rubbish bin)
  • Cling film (clean)
  • Drinks bottles
  • Food pots, punnets, trays and packaging (including black trays)
  • Milk bottles
  • Plastic carrier bags (please do not fill)
  • Sandwich packaging
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Soft plastic plant pots and trays
  • Yoghurt, margarine and ice cream containers

Red Cross IconNo Thanks

  • Black bin liners
  • Crisp packets
  • Coffee machine pods
  • Hard plastic (e.g. storage boxes)
  • Plastic toys/gadgets
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Sweet/chocolate wrappers


Recycling - mixed glass bottles and jars

Green Tick IconYes Please

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

Red Cross IconNo Thanks

  • Glass cookware
  • Window panes and mirrors

Metal Cans and Tins

Recycling - Food, tins and Drink

Green Tick IconYes Please

  • Aerosols (empty)
  • Biscuit/sweet tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Kitchen foil (clean)
  • Metal food tins
  • Metal lids and bottle tops

Red Cross IconNo Thanks

  • Food-soiled items
  • Large metal items (e.g. filing cabinet)
  • Pots and pans

Paper / Card / Cardboard

Recycling - paper

Green Tick IconYes Please

  • Art paper (if not glued)
  • Books
  • Brochures and catalogues
  • Cardboard (clean)
  • Cardboard labels
  • Directories (including Yellow Pages)
  • Egg boxes
  • Envelopes (including windows)
  • Greetings cards (non-glittery)
  • Inner tubes from toilet and kitchen paper
  • Junk mail
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Shredded paper
  • White and coloured paper
  • Wrapping paper (non-glittery and non-metallic)

Red Cross IconNo Thanks

  • Glued or painted paper
  • Jiffy bags (try re-using them)
  • Kitchen and tissue paper 


Recycling - cartons

Green Tick IconYes Please

  • Food and drink cartons (rinsed)
  • Juice cartons
  • Longlife milk cartons

Other items

Green Tick IconYes Please

  • Batteries (place batteries in a clear plastic bag such as a sandwich bag on top of either the blue or green bin lid on collection day) - more information available on our battery recycling page
  • Small electricals (place in a standard sized carrier bag and place on top of your blue or green bin lid on collection day) - more information available on our small electricals recycling page

Red Cross IconNo Thanks

  • Chinaware (donate to charity if possible)
  • Clothes, shoes or textiles such as bedding (donate to charity if possible)
  • Light bulbs and strip lights (please visit our recycling A-Z for disposal options)


Recycling A-Z

For a comprehensive list of what can and can't be recycled, and how, in Oxford please visit our recycling A-Z.