What can I put in my bin?

In Stoke-on-Trent you might have different combinations of bins depending on what waste collection/recycling round you are on. If you're not sure what waste collection round you're on, please use this link.

The table shows you what you can put in each bin.

This bin is for recycling

Yes please to:                                    

  • Empty plastic bottles without tops. Put tops in the bin separately and other clean plastic materials with either of these symbols on the bottom.

  • Clean steel and aluminium food and drink cans, foil and aerosols.
  • Washed glass bottles and jars with tops or lids removed, placed tops/lids in bin separately.
  • Squashed cardboard without tape. 

No thanks to:       

  • Plastic bags
  • Food or liquid
  • Paper
  • Polystyrene, bubble wrap and packaging
  • Housewares (e.g. washing up bowls, storage containers, drinking glasses, saucepans, baking trays)
  • Toys
  • Electrical equipment (anything with a plug)
  This box is for recycling different things, depending on your collection round

On a blue bin collection round?
Yes please to: Paper

Not on a blue bin round?
Yes please to: 

  • Items listed above for the blue bin
  • Use the blue bag for: Paper

 No thanks to:

  • Envelopes and cards.


  This bin is for recycling (composting) garden and food waste

 Yes please to:

  • Garden plant waste
  • Cooked or uncooked food waste
This waste is turned into organic, peat free and chemical free compost, fertilisers and soil improvers at an in-vessel composting facility in Ashbrourne. 

 No thanks to:

  • Cardboard or paper
  • Animal or human poo
  • Soil or turf
  • Bricks or rubble
  • Wood or plastics
  This bin is for general waste

 Yes please to:

  • General waste
This waste is burnt and electicity is produced at the energy from waste facility at Hanford.

 No thanks to:

  • Recyclables 
  • Bricks or rubble
  • Electrical equipment
  • Batteries
  • Energy efficient light bulbs
  • Paint or oil

General information

As well as your blue/brown bin you may also receive a small silver caddy. You can use this in your home to store organic/food waste that would go into your brown bin. This should make it easier to transport these items into your brown wheelie bin.

If you don't have a brown wheelie bin but do still have a silver caddy, you can put the organic/food waste into your grey bin.

Blue bin:

  • please don't put recyclables inside sacks or carrier bags - just put them in the bin
  • please remove the lids and tops from all bottles and jars, they can be put in the bin but separately.
  • please don't put light bulbs in your blue bin - we can't recycle them! If you need to get rid of energy efficient light bulbs you need to take them to your nearest household waste and recycling centre. To find your nearest one, please use the link from this page.
  • if you rinse items before you put them in the bin, it will keep it clean and stop your bin from smelling. It also helps us when we recycle your items.

Brown bin:

  • please don't put organic waste in bags before you put it in the bin - they contaminate the material and we can't recycle it for compost
  • to reduce the risk of maggots and flies follow these simple tips:
    • cover your food waste with garden waste - this will stop the smells that flies are attracted to
    • rinse your bin regularly
    • use an insecticide strip inside your bin
    • wrap food waste in a bag or paper and put it in your grey bin instead
  • if you need more than one brown bin you can buy extra ones from us. To do this please call us on 01782 234000.

Grey bin:

  • please check you're not throwing away anything that we can recycle or compost
  • remember to put your waste in fastened carrier bags or bin liners - this will stop your bin from smelling
  • some households can't have wheelie bins - they get black sacks instead. We deliver these to you once a year. Other households use bags and boxes - you still get the same collection service. Communal properties have larger bins to share with neighbours
  • families of five or more permanent residents can have a larger bin for their general waste. If you need a larger bin call us on 01782 234000.
  • you can put old style light bulbs in your grey bin but please take the newer energy efficient ones to your nearest household waste and recycling centre.
clear textile recycling bag This bag is for recycling textiles and shoes Yes to:
* clean dry clothing * paired shoes and handbags * curtains * sheets * towels * blankets
No to:
* duvets * pillows *soiled clothes

 Clear bag

  • please make sure all items are tied securely to keep them dry - don't use black sacks!
  • we will collect your clear bag with your blue bin or green box and give you a new clear bag
  • if you don't get a replacement bag or want more bags please call us on 01782 234000.


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