Your blue bin

Changes to blue bin recycling in 2022

To make sure more of our waste is recycled, we are changing the way we collect and dispose of recycling.

The change will see glass, cans and plastics continue to be collected in the current blue bins, and paper and card collected in new blue bags from May 2022.

We will send out more information in the coming months. In the meantime here is more information about the upcoming changes

Do not put tissues in your blue binPlease place all recycling in your blue bin loose, we will not collect any bagged up blue bin waste. This is because we've found too much contaminated waste in bags once opened.

Please do not add used tissues or kitchen roll to your blue bins. They cannot be recycled and could mean our truck-load of waste is rejected by the recycling plant.

Wash your bin handles - As an extra precaution, we are asking our residents to clean their bin handles before and after emptying. This will help to protect you and our waste and recycling teams.

Thank you for your support.

blue bin

We provide every household with a blue wheelie bin and empty them on alternate weeks to your non recyclable waste. Find out when your bins will be emptied using the online bin calendar (on our partner's Lichfield District Council website). 

What to put in your blue bin 

Below is a list of all the types of recycling we currently accept or download a leaflet of what you can recycle here. Please wash out empty containers before putting them in your bin. Card and paper should only be added if it is clean. Please do not use plastic bags of any colour in your blue bin. You may use a clear plastic bag for excess recycling and place it to the side of your bin on your bin day.

  • Paper, including newspapers, magazines, telephone directories, wrapping paper (without foil/glitter) etc.
  • Shredded paper (this should be placed in a clear plastic bag to the side of your bin on your bin day)
  • Card, including flattened cardboard boxes, food sleeves, toilet and kitchen roll inners etc
  • Plastic containers, including margarine and ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, bottles, empty carrier bags and plastic food trays etc
  • Aluminium foil, food trays or cans
  • Cartons (Tetrapak), such as juice boxes or milk cartons
  • Glass bottles or jars and lids
  • Aerosol cans and roll-ons

The following items should NOT be placed in your blue bin:

  • Animal bedding
  • bin bags of any colour* - even if they are full of recycling 
  • Bubble wrap
  • Electricals and batteries
  • Foil that doesn't stay together when scrunched up (such as pet food pouches, crisp packets and tea or coffee wrappers)
  • Food waste
  • Garden waste
  • General waste
  • Kitchen roll
  • Mirrored glass
  • Nappies/sanitary products (clean or used)
  • Plant pots and garden trays
  • Polystyrene
  • Pyrex
  • Rigid plastics such as garden furniture, toys, coat hangers etc
  • Textiles/fabric
  • Tissues
  • Wallpaper and wallpaper backing
  • Used tissues, kitchen roll or paper towels

*We have had lots of loads of recycling rejected by our recycling partners because they contain bin bags and it is not possible to see what is in them. If loads are rejected the are sent to landfill, rather than being recycled. Please help us by putting recycling items into your blue bin loose.

Please make sure your bin is at the kerbside from 6.00am on your collection day.

Missed, lost or damaged bins

To report a missed, lost or damaged bin, you can fill in one of the online forms below or telephone 0345 002 0022 by the end of the next working day after it was due to be emptied. If the crew have not reported an issue with your bin, we will return within three working days to empty it. 

Our waste services are jointly operated with Lichfield District Council and you will be taken to to their website to report these issues.

Order a second blue bin for free

If your blue bin is overflowing, you can order a second blue bin for free. Just call our waste services team on 0345 002 0022 or apply for an additional recycling bin online PLEASE NOTE: You will be taken to our partner Lichfield District Council’s website to apply. 

Alternatively, if you have too much recycling from time to time (such as at Christmas) and don't want an extra blue bin permanently, we will always take additional recycling if bagged in clear bags (so we can see they contain recycling items) and if placed next to your bin at the kerbside on your collection day.

What happens to the recycling?

Our recycling goes to Biffa in Aldridge, where it is separated into various streams and then sent on to further locations for processing, which is detailed below.

Tins and cans - Food tins are melted down to make new steel items: car parts, fridges, or even parts of bridges! Drinks cans are crushed, melted and made into ingots and sent to can makers. New drinks cans are in the shops again in only six weeks.

Glass bottles and jars - Glass bottles and jars are washed, crushed, melted and moulded into new glass bottles. Some recycled glass is ground down and used to make roads.

Plastics - Plastic bottles are cut into flakes, washed, dried and made into new products, such as signposts, garden furniture and wheelie bins!

Paper and card - Paper is sent to a paper mill, pulped down and turned into new paper. Your newspaper could be back on the news-stand in as little as two weeks. Cardboard is flattened and folded and recycled to make new packaging, such as cereal boxes and washing powder boxes.

Recycle paper and card today:

  • It uses less energy and water than producing it from new.
  • Paper and card breaks down slowly in landfill sites and produces harmful methane gas.
  • To produce paper, trees are felled and valuable wildlife habitats are lost.