What Goes in my Bins?

ONLY green garden waste can be placed in your green wheeled bin. All your food waste will need to be placed in your burgundy wheeled bin.

What goes in each bin?

 Bin type  Yes No  Tips 
Blue Bin Glass jars and bottles, food and drinks cans, empty aerosols (non-pierced), plastic bottles (milk, mineral water, fizzy drinks, shampoo, household cleaners etc.), aluminium foil. Paper, cardboard, textiles, crockery, food trays or bags, plastic pots, carrier bags, drinks cartons, or any other forms of plastic. Rinsing jars reduces contamination and odour. Washing and squashing cans and plastic bottles saves space.
Green Bin

Grass and hedge cuttings, leaves and prunings, weeds and flowers, Christmas trees (cut up), straw and sawdust.

Anything that will not rot, all food waste, bones, large branches, soil or stones.

Vegetable/fruit peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags.

Make sure your bin lid is closed to ensure collection. Do not overload your bin as it will not be collected if too heavy.
Burgundy Bin Any material that cannot be recycled, general waste, food and kitchen waste. Any material that can be recycled, hot ashes, builders' waste, corrosive materials, clinical waste. (refer to table below - Examples of What not to Place in the Burgundy Bin) Wrapping rubbish before placing in the bin reduces contamination and odour.
White Sack All clean paper, newspapers, magazines, brochures, telephone directories including yellow pages; junk mail(without plastic covers), grey and brown cardboard including greeting cards, envelopes (please remove plastic windows). Jiffy bags, plastic covering on junk mail, juice cartons, and other tetra-pack containers Remove plastic windows from envelopes and remove plastic coverings from junk mail.

Examples of What not to Place in the Burgundy Bin

Hazardous Waste Glass
Batteries Car Parts
Fluorescent Tubes and Light Bulbs Paint (all types and thinners)
Oils and Chemicals Cement
Builders Waste Plasterboard
Gas Bottles and Cylinders Greenhouses & Sheds - Treated Wood
These items can be taken to your local tip (Housing Waste and recycling Centre)

In the interests of fire safety do not place hot material in your wheeled containers and store them in a safe place and at a safe distance from your property. For more information and a free home fire safety check contact Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 169 1125 or visit www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk.

Why can't I recycle other plastic in the blue wheeled bin?

The sorting facility where our recycling waste is delivered can only process glass bottles and jars, food and drinks cans, empty aerosols, clean foil and plastic bottles.

Whilst most plastic containers now carry a recycling symbol and many are of the same polymer type as some plastic bottles there are no local sorting facilities to deal with this material.

Why can't I recycle food waste?

In January 2016, Lancashire County Council as the Waste Disposal Authority announced their intention to close their processing facility that composts mixed food and garden waste.  We are obliged to comply with their requirements, this means that we will no longer be able to collect food waste within your green wheeled bins.

Your garden waste is now taken for treatment through an 'open window' composting process. This is an in the open air process where the garden waste is placed in long rows and turned regulalry until it has turned into a compostable material. In an effort to prevent the spread of disease food waste is not allowed in this waste stream.

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