Blue bin - recyclable waste
We’re not able to accept any plastic bags or plastic film such as the packaging from ready meals, magazine wraps or bubble wrap. This is a new approach we are taking to help improve the quality of the materials we collect.
Your blue wheelie bin is for household waste that can be recycled, and is emptied every two weeks on the same day as your green bin.
In the main part of the blue bin -
- food and drinks cans and tins
- empty aerosols
- clean aluminium food trays and foil
- metal lids from jars and bottles (please rinse)
- plastic bottles (drinks, toiletries, cleaning products) remove lids and put in loose
- plastic pots and tubs (yoghurt, margarine, ice cream etc)
- plastic food trays, punnets and plant pots (clean)
- card and corrugated cardboard
- newspapers and magazines
- glossy magazines and brochures
- shredded paper
- catalogues and directories (including yellow pages direct mail)
- envelopes (no need to tear out the window)
- greetings cards and wrapping paper (please remove all tape and plastic)
- Polystyrene eg packaging, takeaway food trays
- Hard plastics eg buckets, toys
- Food and drink cartons and Tetra Pak® eg fruit juice cartons
- Textiles eg clothes, bedding
- Food waste
- Plastic film eg bubble wrap, magazine wrapping, lids from food trays
- Plastic bags eg carrier bags, bread wrappers, cereal bags
- Crisp and biscuit packets/sweet wrappers
- Foil pouches eg pet food, coffee
- Pringle tubs
- Metal items eg pans, baking trays
- Waxed frozen food boxes eg fish fingers
- Nappies and general waste
In the inner caddy/box -
All glass bottles and jars (rinsed out please)
- pyrex and drinking glasses
- window glass
- light bulbs
- microwave plates.
Please don't mix glass with your other recycling materials. This could lead to a whole lorry of recycling being spoilt.
You can put extra recycling next to your blue bin on collection day.
Please make sure it won't blow away - please flatten and bundle up any cardboard and leave tucked behind the blue bin. Extra loose recycling can be put out in a bag (not black sack) or plastic box, please keep glass separate.
If you regularly have extra recycling ask us for an extra blue bin or hessian sack.
Small electrical items
Many small household electrical appliances can be recycled by leaving them on top of your blue bin - find out more here.
This isn't true - our refuse collection vehicles (RCV) have separate compartments close together within the vehicle, so it can look like all your recycling is being mixed together, but the glass is actually going into a different compartment from the rest of the recycling.
Our crews use what we call 'slave' bins for glass - the glass from your caddy is emptied into the slave bin before being tipped into the glass compartment of the RCV. This might make it look like your recycling is all being mixed together when in fact it's kept separate.
Recyclable waste is processed at special recycling centres where materials such as paper, cardboard, cans and plastics are sorted by machines and by hand. The separated materials are bought by companies who can make them into new products.
See more recycling myth busters on the Derbyshire County Council website.
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