Manchester City Council

Bins, rubbish & recycling See which recycling bin to use

Please put the right material in your recycling bins. We can't collect a bin if it has the wrong material (such as glass in the blue 'paper' bin). We'll put a sticker on it telling you why.

 

Brown bin or container

Things that can go in your brown recycling bin

Things that can go in your brown bin include: glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles (but not the lids), tins, cans, tin foil and foil containers, aerosols.

Things that can't go in include: plastic bags, cling film, plant pots, yoghurt pots, plastic toys, bottle tops, plastic food trays.

Things that can not go in your brown bin

 

Blue bin, container or bag

What can go in your blue bin

Things that can go in your blue bin include: paper, cardboard, drink cartons, envelopes, leaflets, magazines, paperback books.

Things that can't go in include: plastic bags, cling film, polystyrene.

Things that cannot go in your blue bin

 

Green bin, container or box

Things that can go in your green recycling bin

Things that can go in your green bin include: all food (cooked or raw, meat, fish, vegetables), bones, twigs and branches, tea bags, flowers, grass and hedge cuttings, leaves and weeds (except Japanese knotweed).

Put food waste in a compostable bag first. We supply food waste bags free.

Things that can't go in include: plastic bags, plant pots, garden furniture, soil, rubble, invasive plants like Japanese KnotweedGiant Hogweed or Himalayan Balsam.

Things that can not go in your green bin

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