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What goes in the blue and brown bins?


What goes in the blue and brown bins?
What should you be putting in your brown and blue wheelie bins? Here’s what (Pictures: Getty)

With recycling now firmly on the British Government’s agenda, various coloured bins are now stationed outside houses.

But how do you know what rubbish goes in which coloured bin?

It should be clear that non-recyclable stuff such as nappies, mirrors, light bulbs and pet waste should go in your main bin, which is usually black, green or grey.

But what should you put in your blueand brown wheelie bins? Well, it depends what your local council authority says, really.

Some councils don’t even stick to these colours when giving out their bins. Others only use bins with coloured lids.

If you don’t know which council website you need to look at for this information, you can find out by entering your postcode here.

What goes in the blue and brown bins?
Here are the bins you should have outside your house (Picture: Stockport Council)

However, as a general rule, the blue bins are meant for recyclable glass, card, paper and some kinds of plastic.

And brown bins are typically meant for waste that can decompose – so food waste and garden waste.

Here is a guide based on those given by the council of Thurrock in Essex.

Blue bins

  • Paper – newspapers, magazines, junk mail, envelopes
  • Phone directories and catalogues
  • Cardboard
  • Aerosols
  • Food tins
  • Drink cans and cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars, but no other types of glass
  • Plastic bottles and tops
  • Plastic food trays and yoghurt pots
  • Tetra Pak packaging

But DO NOT put in: plastic bags, plastic wrap / film, polystyrene, light bulbs, Pyrex and Vision cookware, mirrors, children’s toys, textiles or shoes, garden waste or food waste

Brown bins

  • Plate scrapings
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Meat and bones
  • Egg shells
  • Cooked and uncooked food
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Cut flowers
  • Garden waste such as grass cuttings, prunings and leaves
  • Food waste that’s wrapped in newspaper or kitchen paper towels

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But DO NOT put in: plastic of any kind, sacks of any kind, soil or mud (even small amounts), plant pots, pet waste, liquids, metal food or drink cans, glass bottles or jars, textiles or shoes, sanitary products, nappies and general refuse.

Some councils also give out smaller bins or caddies for food recycling or household recyclables. Again, make sure you check your local council website (which is usually found by typing to see what they say about what should go in each bin.

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