Blue bins (recycling)
Find your bin collection day
If you are unsure whether your refuse bin or blue recycling bin is due to be emptied, you can also contact us through the Customer Contact Centre on 0191 427 7000.
What to put in your blue bin
It's really important that paper is placed separately in the inner caddy. If you place paper in the main body of your bin it will cause problems during the sorting and recycling process.
Use the caddy at the top for:
- telephone directories (including Yellow Pages)
- junk mail
- printed paper
Use the main part of the bin for:
- cardboard packaging (cereal boxes, ready meal sleeves)
- glass bottles and jars (beer, wine, perfume / medicine bottles)
- food tins (baby milk formula tins, pet food tins)
- drinks cans
- plastic bottles and tops
- plastic cups
- new! food / drinks cartons (juice / soup cartons, waxed cartons)
- new! plastic tubs (such as ice cream, margarine tubs)
- new! plastic pots (from fresh soup or noodles)
- new! yoghurt pots
- new! small plastic toys
- new! CD / DVD cases (but not the discs)
- new! small electrical appliances, see full list below
You can now also recycle small electrical appliances in your blue bin, including:
- baby monitors
- bread makers
- CD players
- coffee machines
- computer accessories e.g. mouse, keyboard
- electrical shavers
- electrical whisks and benders
- extension blocks and cables (small)
- food processors
- games consoles
- hair straighteners and curlers
- health grills
- laptops, notebooks or tablets
- phone and iPod chargers
- power tools (small)
- sandwich toasters ice cream makers
- small electrical toys
At the moment, we can not accept:
- carrier bags (plastic)
- ceramic glass and window panes
- computer monitors
- garden waste (put into your garden waste bin if you have one)
- food waste (put food waste into your grey household waste bin, compost bin, bokashi or wormery)
- fryers (due to oil residues)
- large domestic appliances
- lightbulbs - fluorescent strips or energy saving bulbs
- lighting (decorative)
- hard plastics (kitchenware, electrical plugs, stationery)
- plastic films (cling film, bread wrappers, crisp packets, vegetable wrappings, frozen foods, electrical goods, magazine wrappings)
- plastic trays that have contained meat or fish
- printers (large)
- tissue paper
- vacuum cleaner
- wrapping paper
- rinse plastic bottles, plastic tubs, yoghurt pots and glass jars
- remove and rinse lids - plastic lids can be put in the recycling bin separately
- flatten cardboard
- put your bin out before 7.30am
- place your bin where the edge of your property meets the footpath/road, where you normally leave your household (grey) bin
- do not place items other than any of the paper products listed above in the caddy
- do not place items in black sacks or carrier bags in the bin
- do not leave out large items or extra bags as they will not be collected
- take your bin back in once it has been emptied
Other FAQs about your blue recycling bin
Can I have two bins/caddies?
If you regularly have more recyclables than can fit in the bin, then you can also use our recycling sites for paper, cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles and jars. Some of our sites also have textile banks, shoe banks and book banks. We have facilities at the Recycling Village for excess cardboard.
If you can't get to either the recycling sites or the recycling village then please contact us to discuss your problems on 0191 427 7000 or email@example.com
Can I have a smaller bin?
Even if your recycling bin is not full, please put it out for collection. You may be surprised how much you use your new bin, now that we can collect more materials. To discuss your bin size then please contact us on 0191 427 7000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I have too much paper for the caddy?
If you regularly have too much paper please contact us on 0191 427 7000 or email us at email@example.com
I don't have enough space for my blue bin, can it be taken away?
If your space is limited - how about sharing with your neighbour or others in your street? If you contact us on 0191 427 7000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org we can talk to you about coming up with a solution, which may be better for you.
What will happen to my recycling after it's collected?
It is taken to our contractors' recycling depot where the different materials are sorted and graded. Once this process is completed the different materials are sold to what are known as reprocessors to be recycled for manufacturing into new products.
This means that less of your waste goes to landfill, and as the materials you have saved in your recycling bin and caddy are recovered and sorted, valuable resources are reused instead of being dumped. Recyclable materials often require substantially less energy to reprocess than manufacture using what is known as virgin materials.
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