What goes in which bin?

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Putting your bin out

Please note that any bin exceeding 50kgs 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
  • 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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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.

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, using the plastic liners has made it possible to provide them to all households to encourage more use of the food waste collection service.

If you need more waste liners tie the last one on the roll onto the handle of the grey bin, more liners will then be left for you when the grey bin is collected.   

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.

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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
Plastic tubs, trays, pots, plastic film, carrier bags or bottles Polystyrene, shredded paper, black bags, pyrex or ceramics
Food tins and drink cans Food - please use your food waste caddy
Foil, aluminium trays, aerosols, large metal sweet/biscuit tins Textiles - can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre
Junk mail, envelopes, telephone directories, catalogues, newspapers, magazines or holiday brochures  Video tapes and CD's
Milk, juice and squash cartons, cardboard and packaging card Energy saving light bulbs or household batteries - to be taken to the Household Recycling Centre
Glass bottles, jars or jam jar lids Oil cans, paint tins or small electricals - to be taken to the Household Recycling Centre
  • 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.

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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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How to arrange 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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