Recycling Triangle

Residents are being urged to ensure they put the right thing in the right bin to help reduce the amount of recycling which ends up being lost due to contamination.
Every year about ten per cent of the items put in green bins by households in Redditch have to be sent for incineration instead of being turned into new products. This is because it either contains too many things which are non-recyclable or good recyclable materials have been spoiled by liquids, grease or food waste.
The top five items Bromsgrove District residents most often incorrectly put in their green bins over the last 12 months are:

  • Clothing/shoes
  • Food waste
  • Electrical items
  • Household items (including candles, saucepans, whisk)
  • Wood

Residents can help ensure all the contents of their green bin does end up being sent for recycling by following these top tips:

  • Rinse items and put them in loose not in carrier bags
  • Only put in non-black plastic pots, tubs, bottles and trays - any other plastic item needs to be kept out of your green bin – including soft plastics such as carrier and bread bags.
  • Food waste should go in your black bin or try and reduce it by following tips at
  • Only metal drink, food and aerosol cans are accepted in the green bin, all other metal can be taken to a Household Recycling Centre.
  • Donate clothing and other fashion accessories to charity, sell them or pass them on to friends/family or put into a clothing bank.
  • Nappies, used or otherwise, should always go in the black bin.

Cllr Margaret Sherrey, whose portfolio covers Environmental Services, said: “Whilst we are really pleased with how the residents across the district have embraced recycling and are trying their best to do the right thing, it is clear that there are still issues with non-recyclable items going into the green bins. A 10% rejection of recycling is much too high and we all have a part to play in reducing this figure. I would urge residents to check the Lets Waste Less website for the correct materials they can include and if in doubt, leave it out.”
Visit Let's Waste Less for more information about what can and cannot go in the green recycling bin as well as tips on how to reduce your waste.