What goes in the blue recycling bin

Please place recycling loose in your blue bin/box/sack or in a clear bag. We cannot collect recycling contained in black bags. Recycling bins/boxes/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

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

Red Cross IconNo Thanks

  • Polystyrene foam
  • Plastic toys/gadgets
  • Sweet/chocolate wrappers
  • Crisp packets
  • Black bin liners


Recycling - mixed glass bottles and jars

Green Tick IconYes Please

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars

Red Cross IconNo Thanks

  • Window panes and mirrors
  • Glass cookware

Metal Cans and Tins

Recycling - Food, tins and Drink

Green Tick IconYes Please

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

Red Cross IconNo Thanks

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

Paper / Card / Cardboard

Recycling - paper

Green Tick IconYes Please

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

Red Cross IconNo Thanks

  • Kitchen and tissue paper (can go in food caddy or brown bin)
  • Jiffy bags (try re-using them)
  • Glued or painted paper

Drinks Cartons

Recycling - cartons

Green Tick IconYes Please

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

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


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.