Government advice on the disposal of waste for people self-isolating

If you are self-isolating, personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths must be 'double-bagged' - placed in two disposable rubbish bags, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. After 72 hours, you can place them in your external household bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

What goes in my bins?

Blue bin or bag (recycling)

Yes please

Place all items loose in the bin - do not put them inside plastic bags:

  •  Glass (leave lids on glass jars and bottles)
  •  Cans (do not crush)
  •  Paper, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, catalogues, phone directories and wrapping paper (non-plastic/metallic)
  •  Envelopes (including plastic windows)
  •  Cardboard food boxes and egg cartons (flattened)
  •  Cereal, cardboard packages (remove plastic padding) and food boxes
  •  Toilet or kitchen roll inner cardboard
  •  Plastic drinks bottles (keep lids on, do not flatten)
  •  Plastic shampoo and cleaning bottles

No thanks

We will not empty bins or recycling bags which contain the following:

  •  Black bag waste
  •  Plastic bags, cling film or plastic padding
  •  Metal objects, shredded paper or polystyrene
  •  Juice cartons (Tetrapak)
  •  Food or liquids
  •  Yoghurt pots, plastic tubs, food trays or foil containers
  •  Textiles, clothes and shoes (take clothes and bric-a-brac to your local charity shop or recycling bank).
  •  Paint tins (donate leftover paint to your local community repaint scheme)
  •  Electrical items (take these to your nearest recycling centre or arrange a Bulky Bob collection)
  •  Syringes
  •  Wood

 

Green bin (garden waste)

Yes please

  •  Grass cuttings, hedge clippings, dead plants and weeds.
  •  Cut flower and shrub prunings (woody waste).
  •  Bark, leaves and small twigs.
  •  Branches no larger than 7.5cm or 3 inches in diameter.

No thanks

  •  Stone, concrete, timber or builder’s waste.
  •  Glass, plastic, metal, paper or cardboard.
  •  Plant pots, soil or turf.
  •  Household rubbish and food waste (food such as vegetable peelings can make good compost).

Purple bin (household waste)

Yes please

  •  Household waste and items that can't be recycled.
  •  Food waste , including pet food.

No thanks