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What can I put in my recycling bin? 

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London Borough of Islington

Your recycling bin is – the green box, clear sack or green wheelie bin

  • Green box – most residents use these
  • Green wheelie bin - Residents in street properties that have suitable space in the front of their property may have a green wheelie bin instead of green boxes.

What can I put in my box / sack / bin?

Accepted items

Household plastic packaging

Yes please

  • yoghurt pots
  • food trays
  • ice cream tubs
  • margarine containers
  • fruit punnets
  • plastic bags
  • magazine wrapping

Mixed glass bottles and containers

Yes please

  • drinks bottles - mixed colours
  • food jars

Mixed paper and cardboard

Yes please

  • newspapers, magazines and catalogues
  • telephone directories / yellow pages
  • envelopes (incl. windowed)
  • junk mail
  • office paper (incl. coloured paper)
  • wrapping paper
  • books (hard and paperback)
  • shredded paper
  • cardboard and cereal boxes (flattened)
  • corrugated card
  • egg boxes
  • greeting cards
Accepted items

Drink cartons

Yes please

  • wax-lined, poly-lined and foil-lined cartons (e.g. milk cartons, Tetra Pak)

Plastic bottles

Yes please

  • Plastic bottles of all kinds, including...
  • mineral water, cordial and cooking oil bottles
  • milk bottles
  • coloured and clear fizzy drinks bottles
  • bleach and cleaning fluid bottles
  • shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • detergent and fabric conditioner bottles

Metal tins and cans

Yes please

  • drink and food cans (please rinse)
  • aerosol
  • cans (fully emptied)
  • aluminium foil (clean and dry)
  • metal screw tops and bottle tops

Unaccepted items
No thanks

  • liquid waste
  • food waste
  • foil-lined packets (sweet wrappers and crisp packets
  • black sacks
  • bio-degradable and degradable bags
  • polystyrene packing beads or trays
  • CDs, DVDs and cases
  • Tupperware containers
  • storage boxes
  • plastic furniture
  • pane or toughened glass
  • mirrors/broken glass
  • light bulbs/fluorescent tubes
  • soiled paper/tissue
  • wallpaper
  • waxed paper
  • foil backed card
  • card with padding or bubble pack
  • paint tins
  • any other metals