What can be recycled in your green bin

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This page should give you a handy guide to what you can and can't leave in your recycling bin. If you are still unsure whether we collect a material or not, please contact us on 03000 610610 or email admin.vale@biffa.co.uk

Put your recycling into your green wheelie bin loose - if you give it a quick rinse out, it'll keep your bin fresh and prevent other recycling from getting contaminated. If you want to put it into the bin in a sack, use clear sacks. We won't empty your recycling bin if it's in a black or coloured sack.

We do collect:

Paper and cardboard

  • books - only if not suitable for taking to a charity shop
  • catalogues
  • phone directories (including the Yellow Pages)
  • cereal boxes
  • corrugated cardboard
  • envelopes (including envelopes with windows)
  • greeting cards
  • junk mail  
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • shredded paper 
  • tissue boxes
  • toilet roll tubes
  • writing paper


We do collect mixed glass bottles and jars - any colour (and bottle tops, but please separate them).

We cannot collect window panes, glass cookware/pyrex, glasses, broken glasses, light bulbs etc.  

All plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays (except film):

  • empty carrier bags (except black bags)
  • detergent bottles
  • drinks bottles (and tops)
  • food and drink cartons (like soup or juice cartons)
  • food trays (including black trays)
  • ice cream tubs
  • margarine tubs
  • plastic milk cartons and bottles
  • shampoo bottles
  • yoghurt pots

 Remember:  When possible, please remove the tops and squash the bottle to make more space in your bin.


  • aerosols
  • clean foil
  • food tins
  • steel and aluminium food and drink cans (please wash and squash them first)
  • metal lids (bottle and jar lids)

 All these can go in your bin together and should be loose (no bagged materials). It’s best if all materials are clean – this helps to keep your bin clean and reduces contamination of the recycling .  If you fill your green bin you can put extra recycling out for collection next to your bin in either clear or see-through sacks, or cardboard boxes.

Food recycling

See the food recycling page for information about what you can put in your food bin. 


Small electrical items - put them in a tied carrier bag next to your grey bin on your normal collection day.

Yes please…

  • Broken toasters, kettles, irons, hairdryers, drills, radios, small electronic toys, telephones, power tools, straighteners, shavers, clocks and alarms.

No thanks…

  • Large electrical items such as televisions, microwaves, ovens, fridges, washing machines, etc.

Small electrical items are those items that are smaller than a microwave, and must fit inside a carrier bag. You can get rid of larger items by taking them to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or with our bulky waste service – visit the bulky waste page This link will take you to an external website...  to find out more.

Textiles - put them in a tied, standard size carrier bag next to your green bin on your normal collection day.

Yes please…

  • Worn out clothes, handbags, shoes, wellington boots, belts, hats, scarves, gloves, bedsheets, duvet covers, curtains – ripped and stained ones are fine too

No thanks…

  • Duvets. Good quality or just unwanted clothes – please give these to charity.

Visit our collections page Vale of White Horse District Council This link will take you to an external website...  to find out when it’s a grey or green bin week.

Please note... If you do not have a standard-sized carrier bag for your small electrical items or textiles, you can use a bigger plastic bag or a clear sack instead (the same sack you use for your recycling). The bag and contents must be under 45cmx50cm to fit into the cages on our trucks so please don’t fill it up. If it is bigger than this then it will not be collected.

There is no limit to the number of bags you can leave out. However please note that space on the trucks is limited.


Batteries can be recycled on your  recycling collection day.  Just pop them in a clear plastic bag (such as a sandwich bag or food bag) on top of your green recycling bin.

We can collect household batteries, such as 6v batteries, 9v batteries (transistor batteries), D, C AA, AAA and button batteries (watch batteries) as well as mobile phone batteries, laptop batteries and lithium batteries with tape across the terminals.

We cannot collect batteries with trailing wires, car batteries, or other industrial batteries but you may be able to take these to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.  

What needs to go elsewhere

Sadly, there are some materials that we cannot collect.  Please visit our 'what can't be recycled' page for more information.

    Last reviewed: 30 - 07 - 2020

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