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Blue bin waste

Use your blue bin for various paper, plastics, metals and glass packaging

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Can I put wrapping paper in my blue bin?

Yes, wrapping paper can be put in the blue bin. Please remove sticky tape, ribbons and bows.

Read more information about what you can put in your blue bin.

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Can I put greetings cards in my blue bin?

Yes, greetings cards including those with glitter and embellishments can be put in the blue bin. 

Read more information about what you can put in your blue bin.

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What can I put in my blue bin?

The following can/can't be placed into the blue bin:

Paper/card

Items that can go into the blue bin

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Cardboard
  • Cereal packets
  • Cardboard egg boxes
  • Corrugated boxes
  • Books (hard back and paper back)
  • Catalogues (staples OK)
  • Brochures
  • Shredded paper (please place in carrier bag)
  • Telephone directories
  • Envelopes (windows included)
  • Wrapping paper with sellotape, ribbon and bows removed
  • Greeting cards including those with embellishments and glitter
  • Paper bags
  • Clean beverage cartons (e.g soup/juice)

Items that shouldn't go into the blue bin

  • Contaminated food paper/cardboard (place in green bin
  • Paint covered paper/card (place in green bin
  • Laminated paper (place in green bin
  • Used pet paper (place in brown bin. please note: no dog, cat or horse waste accepted)
  •  'Jiffy' plastic lined envelopes (place in green bin
  • Wallpaper (place in green bin/take to tip
  • Tissues or tissue paper (place in green bin


Please note: Paper must not be bound/tied together or separated in bags from other materials. Please remove magazines/papers from delivery bags.

Plastics

Items that can go into the blue bin

  • Clear plastic bottles with labels - including medicine bottles (please remove lids and place in bin separately)
  • Coloured plastic bottles with labels (please remove lids and place in bin separately)
  • Clean yoghurt pots
  • Clean food trays
  • Ice cream tubs (and lids)
  • Margarine tubs (and lids)
  • Fruit punnets (and vegetable trays)
  • Carrier bags of all thickness (please reuse first) *
  • Clean soft plastic bedding plant trays
  • Plastic egg trays
  • Clean Tetra Pak cartons (soup/juice)

Items that shouldn't go into the blue bin

  • Rigid plastics - buckets, pipes etc (place in green bin/take to tip)
  • Children's toys (take to charity shop for re-use/place in green bin/take to tip)
  • Polystyrene packaging (place in  green bin/take to tip)
  • Nappies (place in green bin
  • Wrapping film, cling film (place in green bin)
  • Plastic or cellophane food wrappings (place in green bin)
  • Plastic food bags such as frozen food bags, bread bags, vegetable bags* (place in green bin).  Black refuse sacks and charity sacks are also to be placed in green bin
  • Hard plastic plant pots (place in green bin/take to tip
  • Bubble wrap (place in green bin/take to tip)
  • Foam egg boxes (place in green bin)
  • Crisp/sweet packets (plastic and foil lined) (place in green bin
  • VHS tapes / videos (place in  green bin
  • CDs/DVDs (take to charity shop to reuse/take to  tip / Polymer Recycling accept CDs, DVDs and cases by post for recycling, but postage must be paid by the sender/ place in  green bin )
  • Old computers and keyboards (take to  tip)

 

*Black refuse sacks cannot be placed in the blue recycling bin.

Please wash and squash the accepted plastic containers before putting into the bin.

Please do not use plastic bags to separate the materials.

Metal

Items that can go into the blue bin

  • Steel food and drinks cans (labels left on)
  • Aluminium food and drinks cans (labels left on)
  • Biscuit tins / sweet tins
  • Clean aluminium foil
  • Clean foil food trays
  • Empty aerosol cans - do not squash (please remove lids and place in bin separately)

Items that shouldn't go into the blue bin

  • Any cans that have chemical contamination/gas/chemical/oil/paint containers (place in green bin/take to tip)
  • Buckets/scrap metal (take to tip)
  • Metal pans (consider charity shops for reuse/take to tip)
  • Batteries (take to tip/most supermarkets have battery recycling points )
  • Kitchen utensils/cutlery/knives/blades (consider charity shops for reuse/take to tip)

Please note: all cans should be empty and clean, can be partially squashed but not crushed or flattened.

Glass

Items that can go into the blue bin

  • Bottles and any lids (any colour)
  • Jars with metal lids and labels

Items that shouldn't go into the blue bin

  • Window glass (take to tip)
  • Mirrors (consider charity shops for reuse/place in green bin/take to tip)
  • Pyrex bowls/Drinking glasses (consider charity shops for reuse/place in green bin/take to tip)
  • Ceramics, tableware (consider charity shops for reuse/place in green bin/take to tip)
  • Spectacles
    (return to opticians for charity use/take to tip)

Please see the document below for a useful (and visual) guide about what you can recycle in your blue and brown bin:

Your guide to recycling at home (pdf 2mb opens in new window)

All other waste

Any waste which can't be placed in your blue bin can either be:

 

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Can I have a second blue bin?

If you are in an area which is on fortnightly collections of the blue and green bins and you are still finding that you regularly have too much recycling for your blue bin, you can request a second blue bin using the request a new bin online form.

Request a new bin online form

Households are only able to have one green and one brown bin.

You can also take some additional blue bin materials to your  local mini recycling sites (finder map or to your local tip.             

Returning an unwanted second blue bin

If you no longer need your second blue bin, you can arrange for it to be collected by phoning (01482) 393939 or emailing wastewatchers@eastriding.gov.uk.                                               

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Can I put cardboard in my blue bin?

Yes you can.

Previously only those living in an area where fortnightly collections were being carried out were allowed, but now that fortnightly collections have been introduced across the whole of the East riding of Yorkshire, everyone can now put cardboard in their blue bin.

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