How to use your recycling bins or boxes

What to put into your recycling bins or boxes, what waste should be kept separate and where to put your box for collection 

What goes in your black recycling bin and boxes

If you live in a residential area outside the city centre, you are likely to have recycling collected through our black bin or box collection service.

Please put the following items into your recycling bin or boxes, they can be mixed together:

  • tins and cans - empty and rinsed
  • aerosols - empty with lids removed
  • cardboard - flattened and cut so that it fits into the bin or box
  • paper - including directories and windowed envelopes
  • plastic bottles - rinsed and squashed, with lids replaced

Items that you need to separate

Please keep glass items like bottles and jars in a black box together.

Some items can't be collected by our black bin or box recycling service. You can recycle most things at one of our recycling centres, or at recycling points in the city.

Where to put your black recycling bin or boxes

To make sure we can collect your recycling, please:

  • put your black bin or boxes on or by the pavement at the front of your property - crews won't climb walls, open gates or access steps, so make sure there's nothing in the way
  • leave your bin or boxes out the night before your collection or by 6am on the day of your collection
  • remove your black bin or boxes from the pavement after collection if you can

More information

Find out how to recycle other household items in our A to Z guide to recycling.