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What Goes In Which Bin?

Recycling - What goes in the green bin?

Please do not put plastic bags or bin liners in your green bin!

Long _food

Yes please

  • Food tins
  • Drink cans
  • Aerosol cans
  • Sweet/Biscuit tins
  • Metal jar lids

No thanks

  • No foil trays - these can be recycled at foil banks/tips
  • No tin foil - this can be recycled at foil banks/tips

Please remember

  • Rinse tins and cans - you can rinse them in your used dish water when you've finished washing up, just make sure all the left over food/liquid has been rinsed out
  • Push sharp tops inside tins - sharp lids can cause injuries to collection crew and sorters 
  • Labels can be left on
  • No need to squash tins - the machines at the sorting plant identify tins better when they are in their original shape
Long Glass

Yes please

  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Drinking glasses

No thanks

  • No glass dishes (Pyrex)
  • No window panes
  • No metal caps (eg beer bottle caps) -they are too small and can fall through the machinery and get mixed up with the glass so need to go in your black bin
  • No corks 

Please remember

  • Rinse bottles and jars - you can rinse them in your dish water when you've finished washing up, just make sure all the left over food/liquid has been rinsed out
  • Remove metal lids from jars, rinse and put them in the bin separately
  • Labels can be left on
  • All colour glass accepted
Long Plastic

Yes please

  • All plastic bottles eg:
    • drinks bottles
    • milk/juice bottles
    • detergent/fabric softener bottles
    • cleaning/bleach bottles
    • toiletry bottles
  • Plastic containers eg:
    • yogurt pots
    • margarine/ice cream tubs
    • fruit/vegetable punnets
    • plastic meat/fish trays
    • cream/custard pots
    • cake/pastry trays
    • soup/sauce pots
    • egg boxes
    • sweet tubs
    • plastic takeaway tubs
    • plastic boxes ie Tupperware
    • moulded liners for chocolates/biscuits provided not black

No thanks

  • No black plastic - it can't be recognised by the machinery at the sorting plant and is the lowest grade already so there is no demand to recycle it (brown is ok)
  • No plant pots 
  • No blister packs 
  • No pumps, trigger sprays, film, foil etc 
  • No motor oil bottles - please dispose of these at your local household recycling centre (tip)
  • No crisp packets or plastic bags/wrapping - bags can be recycled through supermarket plastic bags recycling facilities
  • No other items made of plastic - it's currently not possible to recycle any other plastic items eg toys etc through your kerbside collection (even if an item has a recycling symbol on it it does not mean it can be recycled in Wyre Forest; different areas have different facilities for recycling). If items are in good condition you may like to consider a reuse organisation or charity shop

Please remember

  • Rinse bottles and containers - you can rinse them in your dish water when you've finished washing up, just make sure all they left over food/liquid has been rinsed out
  • Labels can be left on
  • No need to squash - the machines at the sorting plant identify bottles and containers better when they are in their original shape
Long Paper

Yes please

  • Newspapers/Magazines
  • Phone Directories
  • Catalogues/brochures
  • Junk mail/leaflets
  • Letters
  • Greetings cards
  • Envelopes
  • Plain, non metallic wrapping paper

No thanks

  • No metallic or glittery wrapping paper
  • No paper that has used for childrens crafts etc, ie has paint, glitter, glue or similar on it

Please remember

  • Remove any plastic wrappings - Bags (including cereal bags, bread bags, fruit and veg bags) can be recycled through supermarket plastic bags recycling facilities.
  • Keep paper flat (don't scrunch into balls) - the sorting machine separates paper better when flat
Long Cartons

Yes please

  • All cartons eg:
    • milk/juice/smoothie cartons
    • fabric conditioner cartons
    • soup/chopped tomatoes cartons 
    • custard cartons
 

Please remember

  • Rinse cartons - you can rinse them in your dish water when you've finished washing up, just make sure all the left over food/liquid has been rinsed out 
  • Plastic spouts can be left on 
  • No need to squash cartons - the machines at the sorting plant identify cartons better when they are in their original shape
Long Cardboard

Yes please

  • Thin cardboard boxes eg:
    • cereal boxes
    • ready meal boxes
  • Cardboard sleeves
  • Greeting cards
  • Corrugated/thick cardboard boxes
  • Egg boxes
  • Kitchen/toilet roll tubes
  • Pizza boxes (if clean, if the base is very greasy please separate and dispose of the greasy bit in your rubbish bin)

No thanks

  • No heavily soiled boxes

Please remember

  • Flatten boxes and tubes - the sorting machine separates cardboard better when flat
  • Remove inner packaging -
    • please put any recyclable plastic containers in separately
    • bags (including cereal bags, bread bags, fruit and veg bags) can be recycled through supermarket plastic bags recycling facilities

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The Process

Watch the video below from Envirosort on how your recycling is sorted to find out more.

Please remember:

  • No textiles in your green bin - you can recycle at your local household waste site (tip) or at re-use organisations, charity shops and recycling sites where it can be donated for re-use/recycling
  • No plastic bags in your green bin - anything contained within a plastic bag will be rejected at the recycling sorting plant to landfill. Our crews will not empty green or brown bins that contain bagged waste or waste that is not recyclable. Bags (including cereal bags, bread bags, fruit and veg bags) can be recycled through supermarket plastic bags recycling facilities
  • No car batteries or other batteries - these can be recycled at your local household waste site (tip) or other smaller batteries can be taken to 'battery tubes/tubs' located in many shops and public buildings around Wyre Forest
  • No gas canisters
  • No engines parts
  • No tires
  • No mobile phones these can be recycled through schemes such as envirofone.
  • If it's too big for the bin please don't leave it next to the bin for collection, if it won't fit in the bin it probably won't go through the sorting machines please take it to the tip, use our bulky waste collection service or try a reuse option like Worcester Resource Exchange

More information on reducing, reusing and recycling can be found on Let's Waste Less.

Garden waste - What goes in your brown bin?

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YES please

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge and shrub clippings
  • Leaves, twigs and bark
  • Small plants and weeds
  • Windfall fruit
  • Cut flowers

NO thanks

  • Kitchen waste (ie peelings)
  • Animal waste (bedding / litter / faeces)
  • Plastic bags / pots / trays; brick / rubble / soil / stones
  • Tree stumps
  • Large branches (over 10cm/4in in diameter)

Rubbish - What goes in your black/grey bin?

YES please

  • All unrecyclable household waste

NO thanks

  • Builders waste/rubble - this can be take to your local household waste site (tip)
  • Garden waste - this can be recycled at home in a compost bin, collected through our Garden Waste Collection service or taken to your local household waste site (tip)

Have we missed anything? Contact us and we'll advise you.

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Wyre Forest District Council