What Goes In Which Bin?

Recycling - What goes in the green bin?

Keep your recycling loose. Please do not put plastic bags or bin liners in your green bin.

Make sure your recycling is clean - you can rinse it in your used dish water when you've finished washing up, just make sure all the left over food/liquid has been rinsed out

You can recycle You can't recycle Please remember
Long _food

Food tins

Drink cans

Aerosol cans

Sweet/Biscuit tins

Metal jar lids

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

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

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

Glass bottles

Glass jars

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

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 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
  • plant pots; provided not black

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 black 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

Plastic lids can be left on

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

Newspapers/Magazines

Phone Directories

Catalogues/brochures

Junk mail/leaflets

Letters

Greetings cards

Envelopes

Plain, non metallic wrapping paper

No metallic or glittery wrapping paper

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

No wallpaper

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

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 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 heavily soiled boxes

Flatten boxes and tubes - the sorting machine separates cardboard better when flat

Please reduce boxes to wheelie-bin size pieces not exceeding 50cm x 60cm

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)
  • Batteries and items containing batteries
  • Electrical items
  • Textiles such as duvets, pillows, bed linen and curtains

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

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