Guide to recycling

What to recycle

Recycling diverts waste away from our landfill and saves you money. You can recycle a wide range of materials including:


  • Clean clear plastic bottles only marked with number 1.
  • All other plastics marked with number 2 and 5. 

All other plastics (type 3,4,6,7, coloured PET bottles and all trays and punnets – clear or otherwise and even marked with a number 1) should now be treated as rubbish until further notice. This includes all types of polystyrene.

Steel & Aluminium: All steel & aluminium cans, lids, foil, plates.


Glass: All clear, brown or green glass food and beverage containers can be recycled. Note: window glass, light bulbs, drinking glasses/crystal and ceramics can't be accepted for recycling.

Other items: old whiteware, household appliances, electrical items, batteries and scrap metal can also be recycled. There may be a handling or dismantling charge or you may get paid for certain items e.g. scrap metal.

Different service providers accept different materials and items:

How to recycle

Before you recycle, you might like to try some other ways to reuse items like refilling glass bottles and plastic containers, or giving items to second-hand shops.

To recycle:

Find out what materials can be recycled and then separate these items out from non-recyclable items you will dispose of as rubbish.

  • Decide whether to drop off your recycling or pay to have it picked up.
  • Confirm what items your service provider will pick up or drop-off location will accept.
  • Before you put any recycling out to be collected or drop it off, please make sure you:
    • PLASTICS: Wash and remove lids
    • GLASS: Wash/rinse, remove lids, separate colours: Green, Clear, Brown
    • STEEL AND ALUMINIUM: Wash/rinse
    • CARDBOARD: Flatten