What goes in each bin

Green bin or bag

  • Cans and metal
    Aerosols (empty cans with plastic lids removed), aluminium foil tins, biscuit and sweet tins, drink and food cans and tins
  • Cardboard
    Cardboard tubes, food packaging such as cereal boxes, egg boxes, pet food boxes, sleeves from ready meals
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Paper
    Cards, catalogues, envelopes (including window envelopes), junk mail, magazines, newspapers, shredded paper, telephone directories, wrapping paper
  • Plastic
    Butter and margarine tubs, cosmetic bottles (such as shampoo), detergent bottles, drinks bottles (tops removed), egg boxes, fruit containers, yoghurt pots

Please don't put the following in your green bin:

  • Batteries
  • Cellophane and sweet wrappers
  • Drinking glasses
  • Light bulbs
  • Plastic plant pots
  • Pyrex glass
  • Spectacles
  • Tetra packs (drinks cartons)
  • Window glass

Brown bin or bag

  • Household and food waste, and anything that can't be recycled

Please don't put the following in your brown bin:

  • Asbestos
  • Car batteries
  • Chemicals
  • Flammable items
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Hazardous waste
  • Hot ash
  • Liquids
  • Oil filters
  • Paint
  • Rubble or builders' waste
  • TVs and monitors

Garden waste bag

  • Branches (up to the thickness of your wrist)
  • Flowers
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Plants
  • Twigs
  • Weeds

Please don't put the following in your garden waste bag:

  • Food
  • Japanese knotweed or ragwort
  • Plant pots or trays
  • Soil
  • Vegetable peelings
  • Any other non-plant material

Clinical waste

We can collect clinical waste from your home if you use the following:

  • Needles (in sharps box)
  • Dressings
  • Catheter bags
  • Incontinence pads

To arrange regular or one off collections of yellow sacks or sharps boxes email recycling@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 668000.