Rushcliffe blue bins - What's allowed and what's not

This is our current understanding - let us know of any inaccuracies or changes

Clean paper & card are allowed, including

  • paper/card wrappers from around cans or yoghurt pot packaging
  • window envelopes
  • egg boxes (but consider reuse or composting as well)
  • books (remove covers and spine from hard back)


  • No shredded paper as it clogs the machinery at the recycling facility, including when put inside cereal boxes.  Useful in a wormery though, see our Green Bin page.  Or turn it into briquets for a chimenea or wood-burner.
  • No foil/glittery wrapping paper. Post office stocks brown paper and cardboard labels, which are recyclable.
  • No crisp packets or confectionery wrappers.  Local drop-off site for crisps, soon, we hope for confectionery.
  • No take-away pizza boxes - too contaminated with food to be recycled, but theoretically they can be composted, as per shredded paper.
  • Not, we suspect, paper tissues.  To be checked.
  • Remove non-recyclable plastic lining from cereal boxes.

Plastic bottles & containers are allowed


  • Not trigger mechanisms (try to refill and reuse?).
  • Not plastic bags - now accepted at the local Coop and other supermarkets
  • Items like plastic coat hangers are not collected as the plastic is too hard &/or too low grade. This type of plastic turns into a thick goo.
  • Not flimsy yoghurt pots where 2,4, or 6 are sold joined together - they can’t be recycled.
  • Food trays are too low-grade plastic and not just the black ones. 

Steel & aluminium cans, including aerosol cans are allowed

  • Remove plastic lids and aerosol nozzles – more research needed on this.
  • Rinse cans, don’t risk cutting yourself; a small amount of residue in an aluminium or steel can is not a problem. Mouldy food left inside is.


  • not Aluminium food trays or foil - do not contain enough aluminium to be recycled & are also often contaminated with food.

Batteries – but in the special bag, on top of blue or black bin

  • They don't always give you a replacement bag automatically