Bournemouth Council

What To Recycle

Check what you can put in your recycling bin

If we haven’t emptied your recycling bin it may be because there are items in it we can’t recycle. Please remove these items so we can empty your bin on your next recycling day. If you can’t remove them, put your recycling bin out when you next put your rubbish bin out and we’ll empty it then. If you're not sure what you can or can't put in your recycling bin, check our handy guide below.

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Paper

Yes Please

  • Newspaper, magazines, junk mail
  • Envelopes, including windowed envelopes
  • Writing & computer paper
  • Greeting cards & non foil wrapping paper
  • Catalogues, phone directories & books (hard & paperback)
  • Shredded paper, paper bags & photos

No Thank You

  • Wet paper
  • Plastic coated (laminated) paper
  • Paper towels, tissues & napkins

 

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Cardboard

Yes Please

Cardboard - packaging, boxes, coffee cups

No Thank You

Wet cardboard


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Cartons

Yes Please

Food & drink cartons - fruit juice, milk & soup cartons


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Metal Packaging

Yes Please

  • Food & drinks cans
  • Metal lids from jars & bottles
  • Aerosol cans (household) - deodorant, air freshener, hairspray, polish
  • Large tins - biscuits & sweet tins
  • Foil & foil trays

No Thank You

  • Industrial aerosols - paint, lubricant spray, car spray
  • Other metals
  • Electrical appliances or wires

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Glass

Yes Please

  • Bottles & jars – any colour

No Thank You

  • Pyrex
  • Vases
  • Drinking glasses
  • Ceramics
  • Window or mirror glass
  • Light bulbs

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Plastic Packaging

Yes Please

  • Drinks bottles - fizzy drinks, squash, milk
  • Detergent bottles - washing-up liquid, cleaners
  • Plastic tubs, pots or trays - fruit punnets, yoghurt pots, meat trays (any colour)
  • Shampoo & shower gel bottles
  • Plastic lids

No Thank You

  • Plastic bags, films or wrapping – crisp packet, sweet wrappers
  • Plant pots, plastic garden furniture, toys, CD or DVD cases
  • Protective polystyrene packaging or polystyrene plates, bowls & cups

Other Things You Can't Put in Your Big Bin

No Thank You

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General Enquiries

01202 451199

Address

Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road
Bournemouth
BH2 6EB

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