What goes in each bin or bag

What can go in your general waste bin

Please do not put any of the following items in your black lidded general waste bin:

  • recycling - place paper, card, cans and plastic in the blue lidded recycling bin instead
  • paint - this is not suitable for collection in our compaction vehicles - can be disposed of at community recycling centres
  • hot ash

Hot Ash

Hot ash poses a significant fire risk when disposed of in household waste bins. Ash can appear cold on the outside but can often reignite and poses a serious risk to the public and collection crews.

To ensure that any fire risk is minimised please:

  • Set aside any hot ash or burnt materials for a few days to cool or alternatively soak the ash and leave to dry
  • Place the cold and dried ash in a sealed bag
  • Dispose of carefully in your kerbside waste bin

Hazardous dust/debris 

Loose ash and dust can pose a significant health hazard to anyone in close contact with them causing various health issues.

In order to protect the health of our staff and minimise the risk posed by these, please ensure all ash, dust and debris is placed in a sealed bag before being disposed of.

Examples of hazardous dust/debris includes:

  • Vacuum cleaner waste
  • DIY debris
  • Fire ash

Help us reduce the amount of waste going to landfill

Please think whether items really are waste before you bin them. Could your items:

General waste advice

  • squash waste before you bin it
  • do not use recycling bags for general waste
  • use only one black lidded bin per household
  • waste presented outside the bin will not be collected

You can dispose of large or bulky items at a community recycling centre or you can book a bulky uplift.