EnviroSort - What can I recycle?

Envirosort - Why, What, Where

At home your GREEN bin is for items that can be recycled.  

The table on this page lists the materials that can be recycled through kerbside collection and the EnviroSort plant if you are on a wheeled bin collection. If your kerbside recyclables are collected in sacks, you cannot put glass bottles and jars in the sacks.

Make sure that your recycling is clean – a rinse under the tap to remove any residue will do!

Make sure your recycling is loose – please don’t put bags of recyclables into your green bin. 

DO NOT DISPOSE OF ANY TYPE OF BATTERY IN YOUR RECYCLING BIN - Batteries can be taken to any Household Recycling Centre.


You Can Recycle

Please remember...

food tins & drink cans

  • Food tins
  • Pet food tins
  • Drink cans
  • Aerosol cans
  • Sweet & biscuit tins
  • Metal jar & bottle lids


No other types of metals e.g. saucepans, cutlery, tools etc.

Please don’t flatten food and drink cans.

Please make sure all items are clean.

Push sharp lids inside tins.

Separate plastic lids off aerosol cans and put them in your recycling bin loose.

NO FOIL – this can be taken to foil recycling points at Household Recycling Centres.  Find your nearest one here.

No foil pouches or coffee pods.  These need to go into your non-recycling bin.  Some coffee pod companies offer their own recycling service.

No crisp packets or sweet wrappers.

No gas bottles.

TIP – Labels can be left on.

mixed glass bottles & jars

  • Glass food and drinks bottles
  • Glass food and drinks jars
  • Fragrance bottles
  • Moisturiser jars
  • Make up jars


No drinking glasses, Pyrex, window glass etc.

No nail varnish bottles.

Please make sure all items are clean.

Pump tops need to be removed and put into your non-recycling bin.

If your kerbside recyclables are collected in sacks, you cannot put glass bottles and jars in the sacks.  Glass recycling points are available at many Household Recycling Centres.  Find your nearest one here.

TIP - No need to remove labels.

TIP - Lids can be left on.

TIP - All colours are accepted.

plastic bottles & containers

All plastic bottles e.g.
  • Soft drinks bottles
  • Milk/Juice bottles
  • Detergent/Fabric conditioner bottles
  • Cleaning spray bottles
  • Bleach bottles Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Shower gel bottles
Plastic tubs e.g.
  • Margarine tubs
  • Ice cream tubs

Plastic pots e.g.

  • Yoghurt pots
  • Cream pots
  • Jelly pots
  • Custard pots
  • Plant pots

Plastic trays e.g.

  • Fruit punnets
  • Meat trays
  • Ready meal trays
  • Cake trays
  • Egg boxes


Don’t flatten plastic packaging.

Bottle tops can be included – just screw the lid back onto the bottle after you’ve cleaned it.

No pump tops (the bodies of these bottles are fine).

No film, foil etc.

No plastic bags e.g. carrier bags.

No crisp packets or sweet wrappers.

No hard plastics e.g. drain pipes, children’s toys, garden containers, water butts etc.


  • Newspapers & magazines
  • Phonebooks
  • Catalogues/brochures
  • Junk mail/leaflets
  • Letters
  • Greetings cards
  • Envelopes
  • Shredded paper (contained within another paper item e.g. cereal box, envelope, paper bag etc)

Keep paper flat.

Remove any plastic wrappers.

No glittery card or wrapping paper.

No metallic/film coated wrapping paper. 

No dirty/stained paper.

No sticky papers e.g. labels.

TIP – You can compost your shredded paper in your home compost bin too!


  • Milk/juice/smoothie cartons
  • Fabric conditioner cartons
  • Soup/passata cartons
  • Custard cartons
  • UHT milk cartons

Please flatten cartons.

Remove plastic lids, these can be put into your recycling bin separately.

TIP – plastic spouts can be left on.


  • Cardboard packaging boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Ready meal card sleeves
  • Egg boxes
  • Kitchen roll tubes
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Toothpaste boxes
  • Dishwasher tablet boxes

Flatten cardboard boxes and tubes.

Maximum size A2 (420 x 594 mm/16.5 x 23.4 inches)

No contaminated packaging e.g. food waste in takeaway pizza boxes

Remove inner packaging.  Films and bags need to go into your non-recycling bin.

* You cannot recycle textiles in your recycling collection but there are re-use organisations, charity shops and recycling sites where you can donate textiles for re-use and recycling.