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What goes in my bins and boxes?

What goes in my bins and boxes?

Please note: Cardboard drinks cups (including takeaway coffee and tea cups) cannot go into food waste collection.

Compost bin

(Brown bin or green for former North Down residents.)

Recycling bin

(Blue bin or green for former Lisburn residents.)

Purple recycling box

Black bin

Food waste
Paper (no wallpaper) Glass bottles and jars
Tissue paper
Grass cuttings
Dry cardboard   Paper napkins
Plants and flowers
Aerosol cans   Metal and plastic lids of glass bottles and jars
Leaves, twigs and small branches     
Plastic bottles
  Bubble wrap
Hedge trimmings
Food and drink cans
  Plastic cutlery 
Shredded paper
Food and drink cartons (such as milk or juice)           
  Cellophane wrapping
Takeaway pizza boxes (torn up)
Clean aluminium foil and foil dishes   Envelopes with cellophane windows (not removed)
Cold ashes
Magazines / catalogues
  Styrofoam
Teabags and coffee grounds Biscuit tins   Crisp bags and containers
Egg shells Soft back books   Plastic bags
Fruit and vegetable peelings Toilet roll tubes   Barbecue foil bases
Bones Cardboard food boxes (such as cereal boxes)
  Broken light bulbs
Brown envelopes Plastic pots, tubs and trays   Plastic ready meal packs (film attached)
Egg cartons (cardboard) Envelopes with cellophane windows (removed)   Carry-out coffee containers and lids 
Wet paper and cardboard Egg cartons (cardboard or plastic)   Egg cartons (plastic)
Bottle corks Plant pots (plastic)   Nappies and sanitary waste

 

If you have 2 recycling boxes and a small green bin.

Please recycle your waste as follows:

Black recycling box

Red recycling box   

Green food waste bin    

Paper (no wallpaper)
Cardboard Meat, fish and cheese 
Plastic bottles Glass bottles and jars Fruit and veg 
Plastic pots, tubs, trays  
Textiles* Bread, cakes and pastries 
Food and drink tins Batteries* Rice, beans and pasta
Aerosols Hand tools Teabags and coffee grounds
Clean aluminium foil*   Potato and vegetable peelings 
Food and drink cartons e.g. milk or juice   Any other leftover food

*Please put in a separate bag.

If you have 3 stacked recycling boxes (wheelie box) and a small green bin.

Please recycle your waste as follows:

Blue recycling box

Red recycling box

Green recycling box

Green food waste bin

Paper (shredded paper*) 
(no wallpaper)
Food and drink cans Glass bottles and jars
(no broken glass)
Meat, fish and cheese 
Textile*
Biscuit tins Cardboard Fruit and veg 
Foil *
Aerosol cans   Bread, cakes and pastries 
Batteries*
Food and drink cartons   Rice, beans and pasta
Hand tools
Plastic bottles   Teabags and coffee grounds

Plastic pots, tubs and trays   Potato and vegetable peelings 

    Any other leftover food
*Please put in a separate bag.
Your general waste bin is only for waste that cannot be recycled, like plastic bags, wallpaper and cling film.

Recycling your food waste

Tips to help you increase your recycling:

  • Remove all food packaging before putting the waste in your food waste bin
  • Remember to rinse and recycle the packaging, if possible
  • Only use the food waste bags we supply - they decompose with the food waste and we supply them free of charge
  • If you need more food waste bags, please tie your last bag to your food waste bin. 
You can always collect rolls of food waste bags from any of our main household recycling centres.

If you don’t have a food waste bin or a kitchen food waste caddy, you can:

If you are waiting for a caddy and have a food waste bin, you can place food waste directly into your food waste bin or wrap it in newspaper.

What to do with your pumpkin waste

Pumpkins are vegetables, they should be eaten not just carved! Even those marked ‘Carving pumpkins’ can, and should, be eaten. 

Eat your pumpkin and join the #pumpkinrescue mission!

Disposing of needles and other sharps

Sharps (needles, syringes and lancets) are clinical waste and must never be placed in a domestic bin of any type as they can cause injury to recycling and processing operatives.

Sharps boxes can also be purchased from pharmacies.

Putting the wrong materials into your bins or boxes?

If you put the wrong materials into your recycling bins or boxes, we won't be able to collect them.  It can contaminate our collection and all waste in the lorry may have to go to landfill. 

We'll put a non-collection tag on it telling you why it wasn't collected.  Please remove the offending item, dispose of it correctly and put your bin or box out on the next collection date.

What goes in my bin and boxes?


Contact us
Waste management
0800 032 8100
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street
Belfast
BT2 8BP