Thank you for putting the right things in your green-lidded bin. If you’re unsure about a particular item or have general questions about your recycling, this page should help.
Putting only the right items in your green-lidded bin means these things can go on to be recycled as you want to see.
The wrong things in green-lidded bins can contaminate otherwise good recycling in the bin or even in the lorry load itself, meaning less can be recycled and an increase in sorting costs.
Households are trying hard to put the right things in, but in a world full of different types of materials and items it’s easy to get caught out. Items such as soft plastics, for example, can show recycling symbols or use messages like ‘100% recyclable’ even though in practice it’s not possible for them to be recycled in your green-lidded bin. Sometimes we might put things in green-lidded bins that we feel should be recycled, or that we hope can be.
The first and best thing to do is check our Right Thing Right Bin leaflet. That’ll tell you at a glance what can and can’t go in all your household bins.