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What goes in my bins?

What goes in my bin

Mixed recycling - only these items clean and loose   

  • plastic bottles
  • plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • glass bottles and jars
  • tins, cans
  • aerosols
  • milk, juice and soup cartons
  • thick brown cardboard

No - white paper & cardboard (use paper box), plastic bags or liners, cling film, sweet or biscuit wrappers, plant pots, toys, china, household glassware, polystyrene, pet food pouches, electrical items*, takeaway cups, coat hangers and general waste.

Paper and cardboard recycling - only these items clean and loose   

  • paper
  • cardboard
  • cardboard egg boxes
  • envelopes
  • books
  • newspapers & magazines

No - brown cardboard, waxed or laminated paper, plastic bags or liners, cartons (use mixed recycling bin), takeaway cups, and shredded paper

Food recycling - only these items - line your caddy with plastic bags, compostable liners or newspaper

  • any food: raw, cooked, burnt, mouldy or out of date
  • peelings
  • plate scrapings
  • tea bags & coffee grounds
  • pet food
  • bones, shells and skins

No - non-food items, oil or fats, hard plastic packaging

Garden recycling - only these items loose

  • grass cuttings
  • plants & flowers
  • leaves
  • tree & hedge trimmings
  • weeds (non - noxious)
  • small branches

No - turf*, soil*, stones*, compostable liners, food, pet bedding & litter, plant pots, noxious weeds

General waste

  • Items that cannot be recycled
  • plastic bags
  • nappies
  • plant pots
  • toys
  • polystyrene trays, cups and packaging
  • crisps, sweet and biscuit wrappers
  • china
  • household glass
  • pet bedding and litter
  • empty paint tins

No - batteries, garden waste, soil*, turf*, electrical appliances*, building materials*, car parts* and sharps**

* take to your local household recycling centre  

** set up a clinical waste collection - call 01895 837333

Service provisions

We only collect bins with lids shut flat

If your bin / bag contains items we cannot recycle, we will not empty it

Bins / bags must be presented at the boundary of your property by 7am (unless an agreed alternative is in place)

If we decide your household is unsuitable for wheeled bins, we will reusable bags for recycling - residents will have to supply their own general waste sacks.

If you are unsure about an item, please email recycling@southbucks.gov.uk

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