General Waste Bins

General Waste Bins

Part of our A Guide to General Waste

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What you can and can't use your bin for.

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With a definition in mind here are two lists of what you should and what you shouldn't put into your general waste bin. These are not exhaustive lists so if you have something that you are unsure of you may have to may your own quick enquiry.

these may differ slightly from one council to another, most local councils have their own website where you can check to make sure. 

What you can put in your general waste bin:

  • Dust from hoovers, polystyrene, plastic carrier bags, nappies, cooking oil, cigarette ends, hygiene materials like cotton buds and wet wipes, dust from hoovering, wrappers, non-recyclable plastics, non-recyclable metal, brocken glass and ceramics, wallpaper, pet litter, bedding and faeces, food

What you cannot put in your general waste bin:

  • recyclable plastics, glass and metal, hot ash, paint, green waste like clippings and cut grass, electrical waste, heavy waste like soil and rubble, bulky waste like furniture and carpet, DIY and construction waste, clinical waste, asbestos,

You may have noticed that we have been using the term general waste bin and not ‘black bin’ which many people would be more familiar with. This is because what that each bin is used for, its colour and how often they are collected may be completely different depending on where you are in the UK.

This should put into perspective how confusing council collected bins can be at times. This problem becomes especially apparent as collections become less and less frequent. In the next section, we will look at how to get the most out of your general waste bin.