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. ​

All other plastics (type 3 – 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.

All steel & aluminium cans, lids, foil, plates.

All paper and magazines, flyers, newspapers.

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.

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
    • PAPER & MAGAZINES: Place brown paper with cardboard, secure together
    • CARDBOARD & BROWN PAPER: Flatten​​
Page reviewed: 15 May 2019 11:39am