Your green recycling bin

Your green recycling bin is collected fortnightly

We will collect your green recycling bin one week and your black household waste bin the following week.  Due to the Coronavirus crisis, food waste collections that are normally collected each week with your black bin and green bin have been suspended.

What can and can't you put in your green recycling bin?

Check out the four types of items we can recycle, how to prepare them for recycling and what the exceptions are...

Please ensure that all your items for recycling are loose, clean and dry. Plastic bags are not accepted for recycling. 

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Most paper can be recycled, please remove plastic wrapping. 

The following won't be accepted:
Shredded paper, tissues and kitchen roll, metallic wrapping paper, wallpaper, paper towels, glittery greetings cards and if it is stained/dirty with food, grease, paint etc. 

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Cardboard can be placed in your bin. If it's too big, please flatten and leave beside your bin to be recycled

The following won't be accepted:
Greasy card such as pizza boxes

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Food tins, drink cans and aerosol cans

Please empty and clean your cans before recycling.


The following won't be accepted:
Full aerosols and tin foil packaging

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Plastic bottles

Any bottle shaped plastic can be recycled. Lids (not pump or spray tops) and labels can be left on. Please empty any liquid content and squash the bottle before replacing the lid. Don't forget your cleaning, hair product and cosmetic bottles.

The following won't be accepted:
Any non-bottle plastic, such as margarine tubs or plastic packaging trays 

Usual suspects for contaminated recycling bins

If these items appear in your green recycling bin, then it may not be collected.

  • Tissue paper and kitchen roll
  • Greasy card e.g. fast food boxes
  • Paper with paint, glitter or glue on it
  • Other plastics, which are not a bottle
  • Sweets and crisp wrappers
  • Tetra paks e.g. juice cartons
  • Plastic bags - do not bag your recycling

If you would like to recycle other items, please visit our food waste, glass and battery, and garden waste collection pages.

For items we are unable to recycle within the Borough's collections, please visit our Recycle More pages. You can bring certain items for recycling to local Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC). For example, the Eastleigh HWRC has a tetra pak recycling bank.