What goes in which bin?

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Putting your bins out

Please note: that any bin exceeding 50kg will not be collected and lids must be fully closed.

  • Please do not block pavements with your bin/s
  • Bins must be placed out by 6.45am on your collection day
  • Bins that contain wrong items will not be picked up (or returned for) and will require you to remove the incorrect items before your next collection date

Bin advice poster

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  • Additional black bags, boxes of waste or any extra waste will not be collected, you will need to take this to the Household Recycling Centre
  • The council may need to suspend collections during severe weather to ensure the safety of people and properties

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Grey bin (food waste caddy)

All food waste should go into your food waste caddy, the grey bin, this will be collected every week on your usual collection day. You can place all your solid left over cooked and uncooked food (no liquids please) in the grey food waste caddy for collection.

We provide all households with a supply of waste liners to use with the food waste bin. These liners are not biodegradable but they are removed as a part of the treatment process. Biodegradable liners are more expensive and don't always degrade properly. Although households do not have to line their caddy, using the plastic liners has made it possible to provide them to all households to encourage more use of the food waste collection service. 

The food waste is sent to an anaerobic digestion facility where it's turned into fertilizer for agriculture, the biogas is used to generate renewable electricity. Find out more about this process on the Biogen website.

Need more liners?

You can request new bags by contacting our Customer Service team on 01733 747474 (during standard office hours) 

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Green bin

Items are to be placed clean and loose in your green bin and you may recycle the following items:

Yes, please No, thanks
Plastics inc. tubs, trays, pots, film, carrier bags and bottles (tops/caps can be left on but please remove any absorbent layers)* Polystyrene, crisp packets, baby/pet food pouches, toothpaste tubes, shredded paper, black bags, pyrex or ceramics
Metals inc. food tins, drink cans, clean foil, aluminium trays, empty aerosols, large metal sweet/biscuits tins (tops/caps can be left on) Food - please use your food waste caddy
Paper inc. newspapers, magazines, holiday brochures, junk mail, envelopes, telephone directories and catalogues Textiles - can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre
Cardboard inc. packaging card, egg boxes, juice and squash cartons Video tapes and CDs
Glass inc bottles, jars or jam jar lids (tops/caps can be left on) Energy saving light bulbs or household batteries - to be taken to the Household Recycling Centre
Electrical appliances (can also be taken to the Household Recycling Centre)
Hard non-packaging plastics (eg. washing up bowls, plastic toys, etc)
Non-household packaging metal items (eg. baking trays, saucepans, etc)
  • Any acceptable recyclable items that are too large to place in your green bin may be left beside your green bin in either clear tied bags or open cardboard boxes if it is unlikely to rain
  • Shredded paper is not accepted in green bins and as such will be rejected as contaminated if shredded paper is placed within them.

*Plastic packaging may detail a recycling classification code, or have on-package recycling information. We advise residents to look at the item itself as this information may not be relevant to items that can be collected in your green recycling bin.

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Brown bin

Please see our garden waste service webpage for information on requesting this collection service. 
Items are to be placed loose in your brown bin and are to include the following:

Yes, please   No, thanks   
Grass cuttings Food/kitchen waste
Hedge trimmings Soil or rubble
Tree and shrub prunings Pet waste and bedding
Leaves General household waste
Weeds Flower pots and plastic bags
Old flowers and plants

Windfall fruit and vegetable waste
from the garden (not kitchen waste)

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Black bin

Please make sure that all material is bagged and that you do not overfill your bin or push the contents down as this makes it difficult to empty properly. 

Yes, please No, thanks
Nappies Hot ash or soil
Black bags Electrical items
Polystyrene Bricks and rubble
Shredded or tissue paper Stone, gravel, concrete or sand
Other household waste that can't be reused, recycled or composted Paint tins (if they contain any paint)
  • Your black general waste bin should only be used for household rubbish that cannot be reused, recycled or composted.

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Clinical waste collection

We can collect and dispose of clinical waste for free if you are an NHS patient treating yourself at home only. When requesting a collection, you will need to tell us about the clinical waste you would like us to collect, and how frequently you would like it collected. Collections are always on a Wednesday and are made weekly, fortnightly, and monthly or on request as required.

This service is not for residents who are being taken care of by a community nurse or other health professional at home as this waste should be disposed of by the healthcare provider.
Items we collect:

  • Sharps, syringes and needles*
  • Waste items that are contaminated with infectious body fluids e.g. faeces, urine, blood when you have an infectious disease
  • Dialysis waste

*We only collect syringes, needles or other sharps if they are in a prescription sharps container. You can get an empty sharps container from your GP or other healthcare provider.

If you are self-treating at home, items such as sanitary towels, nappies and incontinence pads (known collectively as sanpro waste) which are not considered to be hazardous when they originate from a healthy population can be safely placed in your black household waste bin.

If you do not have enough room to put all your sanpro waste in your black bin please telephone the customer service team on the number below for an application form for a larger capacity bin.

To arrange a collection please contact our Customer Service Team on 01733 747474 or email ask@peterborough.gov.uk.

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Collection of other items

Not only does recycling help the environment – it also saves the city money. Sending waste to landfill costs the city millions which could be spent on other vital services.

You can arrange a free collection of small items that are not allowed to go in your green or black bin by contacting customer services, larger items can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre.

For more details about recycling please visit the Recap website for more information about Recycling in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

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