What goes in my bins? - Households





Mixed recycling - only these items clean and loose   

  • plastic bottles
  • plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • glass bottles and jars
  • tins, cans
  • tin foil, foil trays
  • aerosols
  • milk, juice and soup cartons

No - 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.

Download our Icon for pdf mixed recycling guide [2.54MB]

Paper and cardboard recycling - only these items clean and loose   

  • paper
  • cardboard
  • kitchen / toilet roll tubes
  • cardboard egg boxes
  • envelopes
  • books
  • newspapers & magazines

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

Download our Icon for pdf paper recycling guide [2.54MB]

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  • any food: raw, cooked, burnt, mouldy or out of date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

Textiles recycling - place in red textile sacks on top of your mixed recycling bin or bag*

  • clothing
  • accessories
  • outerwear
  • shoes (paired)
  • towels, blankets and curtains

No - wet or soiled clothing, slippers, single shoes, duvets, pillows, sleeping bags

*to request textile sacks, email wasteteam@chiltern.gov.uk

Battery recycling - place in small clear bags on top of your mixed recycling bin or bag*

  • household batteries
  • mobile phone batteries
  • laptop batteries
  • power tool batteries

No - damaged / leaking batteries, car batteries, industrial batteries

* to request bags, email wasteteam@chiltern.gov.uk

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

Download our Icon for pdf general waste guide [2.44MB]

Extra recycling guidance

A reasonable amount of excess recyclable material will be collected, as long as:

  • It is loose in a re-useable container - we will not collect recyclables in plastic bags
  • It is presented neatly alongside the relevant collection container
  • Cardboard boxes are flattened and reduced to a manageable size

The Councils or its contractor will not be responsible or liable for any lost containers used to store extra recycling.

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 supply purple general waste sacks and reusable bags for recycling

If you are unsure about an item, please email wasteteam@chiltern.gov.uk