Using your recycling bins
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Using your bins at home
Most houses in Wakefield have three household bins – one green and two brown. Sorting your waste into the correct bin is important; it helps save money which we can use for other services, and it reduces the amount of waste we have to send to landfill. We can recycle and reuse up to 95% (including from your green bin), but only if you have sorted your waste at home.
Here is our handy guide to sorting your waste into the correct bin. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of items, but covers the most popular waste items.
Some items, such as bulkier items, paints, electric goods and textiles do not belong in either bin - they need to be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip).
If you have an item that’s not listed and you’re not sure what to do, ask our recycling team on
Extra general rubbish including garden waste if left in a bag outside of your bin, will not be taken. You should take it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.
If you have general recycling, for example paper or tins, put it in a clear plastic bag and the bin crew will take it.
Brown recycling bin
Rinsing bottles and jars is essential so they can be recycled, as is removing their lids before they go in the bin. Squashing cardboard boxes will help save space, meaning you can get more in.
Plastics - only bottle shaped plastics and their lids should be put in your brown recycling bin. This includes pop bottles, detergent bottles, washing up liquid bottles. All other plastics belong in the green bin.
Other items for your brown recycling bin:
Steel cans - those that hold soup, beans, dog food and so on - remember to give them a quick rinse
Paper and card - including paperback books, newspapers, magazines and envelopes
Glass bottles and jars - but not if they're broken
Aerosol cans (that are empty) - for example deodorant bottles and air fresheners
If your brown recycling bin gets full, you can use plastic bags to leave additional brown bin waste at the side of the bin. Do not put plastic bags inside the bin.
Items that shouldn’t go in your brown recycling bin include:
- Anything plastic that’s not a bottle or a lid - all food packaging, carrier bags, soup or yogurt pots, margarine tubs, fruit or vegetable punnets
- Window pane glass, drinking glasses and Pyrex dishes
- Shredded/waxed/greaseproof paper
- Card with food on it, for example, pizza boxes
- Juice and smoothie cartons
- Wrapping paper or cards with foil on
Green household bin
Waste in the green bin is also recycled and reused, but only when waste is sorted correctly.
We can recycle and reuse waste items in your green bin too, so make sure you put these items in this bin:
Plastic food trays - for example take-out trays, trays that cooked and uncooked meats come in
Yogurt pots and ice-cream cartons
Garden waste bin
We collect garden waste from round March through to November. Here is a list of what can and cannot go in that bin:
- Food, fruit or vegetables
- Soil, turf or compost
- Pet waste and cat litter
- Bones and eggshells
- Vacuum contents and hair
- Planks of wood or large branches
These items belong at the recycling centres at Glasshoughton, South Kirkby, Wakefield or Welbeck
Clothes and textiles
helpful guide to getting the most out of your recycling collection, and using your bins correctly