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Recycling when you live in a flat

A handy guide so you know what to put out for recycling if you live in a Communal Flat


  • What household rubbish you can and can't throw away if you live in a flat.
  • What you can and can't recycle.
  • Future plans for plastic recycling

We will collect your rubbish from communal wheelie bins. If you do not have a communal bin, follow the blue and green week guidelines

If you live in a flat with plastic recycling facilities, find out which plastic items can and cannot be recycled.

Quick Links

Household Rubbish


Where does it go? – Black bags, placed in communal euro wheelie bin<

Yes Please No Thanks
  • Nappies, incontinence pads, catheter/stomach bags and sanitary waste
  • Plastic film and Polystyrene
  • Pet litter and waste
  • Knives, broken glass or sharp objects (wrapped in newspaper or cardboard with warning label on)
  • Biodegradable face wipes
  • Clinical and hazardous waste including
    • Infectious medical items
    • Needles
    • Granular or powder pesticides
    • Liquid pesticides
    • Asbestos
  • Recycling materials
  • Garden waste
  • Commercial waste
  • Hot ashes
  • Electrical and electronic items
  • Batteries
  • Beverage cartons
  • Liquid waste including oil and paint
  • Large bulky household items including
    • Fridges
    • Freezers
    • Beds
    • Televisions
    • Cabinets


Information about Black Bags



Where does it go? –  Separate your Recycling and put them in the wheelie bins providedRecycling Wheelie Bin

Quick Reference

Yes Please No Thanks
  • Paper and card, flattened
  • Cartons, flattened
  • Cans, rinsed and squashed
  • Glass bottles and jars, rinsed
  • Aerosols
  • Plastics including plastic bags
  • Broken or sheet glass
  • Glassware, tableware or mirrors
  • Fluorescent tubes or light bulbs
  • Card lined with plastic or foil
  • Thick cardboard
  • Used tissue
  • Kitchen roll


Tell us about a full communal bin