With all of the different types of wheelie bins available for your household or living space, it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with the proper container for each type of waste, and what is allowed in wheelie bins to begin with! This article will help to remind you what goes in which bins, and what not to put in a wheelie bin.

Whilst not every council region is the same, these are some general guidelines you can use to decide how to use your wheelie bins.

Blue Lidded Bin

A blue lidded wheelie bin is meant for most products from the home that can be recycled. Major categories of recycling material that can be put in the blue lidded wheelie bin include paper such as newspapers and magazines, packaging and food boxes, and any washed-out food tins or other aluminium containers. Ensure that all containers are washed out properly without lids on so that the bin men don’t have as much work to do. Make sure that everything in your blue lidded bin is loose and not bundled together so it can be sorted!

Black Lidded Bin

While the blue lidded wheelie bin is for any and all recyclable material, the black lidded one is for any and all types of household waste that cannot be recycled. This includes any material that has no chance of being recycled, including food waste, nappies, and any food or drink cartons that cannot be recycled. One important thing to keep in mind is to not put any loose household waste into your waste wheelie bin; domestic waste must be put into rubbish bags before it is placed into the black lidded wheelie bin, to make it safer and easier for bin men to dispose of. If you find your black wheelie bin getting dirty often you can purchase a wheelie bin sized trash bag liner in order to help it stay clean.

Green Lidded Bin

Any material that is compostable or is garden waste should be disposed of in the green lidded wheelie bin. This includes anything from the garden, such as weeds and hedge trimmings, as well as dead flowers and leaves, or anything coming off of a tree. All items going into the green wheelie bin must be loose and not bundled together.

What Can’t You Put in Your Wheelie Bin?

While the majority of things in your home can be disposed of in any of your three wheelie bins, there are some materials that should not go into these containers. The first and possibly best example of this are glass containers. Glass is easily broken and can unexpectedly injure bin men; because of this, along with glass’ high, instant reusability, any glass items should not be placed into any of the wheelie bins, even the recyclable one. Glass items can be disposed of at your local glass bank, where they can be repurposed and structured more quickly and safely.

In addition to glass, any waste products that are very easily flammable should not be put into a wheelie bin. This includes any chemicals, paints, oils, or aerosol containers. It is vital to avoid any fire hazards at all times, so any materials that require extra care in their handling such as these should be disposed of at the local tip to ensure that no problems arise in their transport to their final destination. Any materials that you would not likely want to touch with your bare hands, should probably not go in a wheelie bin.

Learning what goes in which wheelie bin is simple! Now you should be able to be able to sort your rubbish into your bins without even thinking about it. Just remember, green for garden, blue is recyclables, and black is rubbish!

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