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What goes in what bin?

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Their aim is to help encourage and promote recycling in homes across St Helens.

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Find out what goes in what bin....

"I love the smell of the great outdoors, so fill me up with your freshly cut grass and flowers. I'm also happy to take hedge clippings and small branches, but I am watching my waste, so please - no cooked food or cardboard!"

What can go into the green bin

  • Grass cuttings/leaves
  • Flowers/plants/weeds
  • Privet/hedge clippings
  • Small branches and twigs

What can't go into the green bin

  • Cardboard
  • Food waste
  • Plastic
  • Soil

All about me "I just can't get enough of reading and love to learn new things, so please let me collect your old newspapers, magazines, paper, catalogues, envelopes and junk mail! But please don't give me any type of card or cardboard or wallpaper."

What can go into the blue bag

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk Mail
  • Catalogues
  • Directories
  • Office Paper
  • Envelopes
  • Greeting Cards
  • Wrapping Paper

What can't go into the blue bag

  • Cardboard
  • Foil Wrapping Paper

All about me "I'm the newest member of the family and I always feel hungry! Feed me all of your leftovers, scraps, fish and meat bones, out of date food and peelings. Please don't give them to anyone else in the family though, as I always want more to help me grow big and strong! But don't forget - I don't like the packaging as it gives me tummy ache!"

Please Note:  Place your food waste into the food bags provided by the council or any plastic bag.

To get a replacement roll of bags, tie a food bag to the handle of the kerbside caddy before putting it out for collection and the crew will leave you a roll of bags.  


What can go into the kitchen & kerbside caddy

  • Food leftovers
  • Fruit & vegetables
  • Tea bags
  • Dairy products
  • Fish
  • Rice, pasta & beans
  • Meat & bones
  • Bread, cakes & pastries

What can't go into the kitchen & kerbside caddy

  • Packaging
  • Liquids
  • Oil & liquid fats

All about me "I love the attention I get on collection day when I come outside clinking! It's thanks to all of your glass bottles & jars - but please don't hurt me with broken glass, so make sure they're all in one piece. I also like variety, so you can top me up with cardboard!"

What can go into the Black Box

  • Brown Cardboard
  • Cardboard Food Packaging
  • Glass Bottles
  • Glass Jars (please rinse & remove lids)

What can't go into the Black Box

  • Broken Glass
  • Pyrex
  • Plastic
  • Metal

All about me: "I'm bright and bubbly and love to dazzle! Please fill me with your empty drinks cans and plastic."

 What can go into the pink bag

  • Plastic bottles (wash, squash, take the lid off and place both separately in pink/white bag)
  • Yoghurt pots  NEW
  • Butter/Margarine tubs  NEW
  • Plastic food trays  NEW
  • Drinks cans
  • Food cans (please rinse thoroughly)
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Clean aluminium foil

What can't go into the pink bag

  • Tetra Pak cartons
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastic wrapping
  • Plastic film
  • Plant pots

All about me "I am getting less active now, after all those trips to the landfill & being stuffed with the wrong waste for years.

I get grumpy if you give me glass, paper, cans, plastic bottles, food, or other materials that can be recycled.

That is for the rest of my family to deal with now!"

What can go into the Brown Bin

  • General non-recyclable household waste

What can't go into the Brown Bin

  • Any recyclable materials

Please note: Each household/property is entitled to one brown bin