Recycling item list
What goes in your green recycling bin?
Items placed in your green recycling bin must be empty, clean and loose. Do not put any items in plastic bags before placing it in your recycling bin. If in doubt about any items, please put them in your general waste bin.
The items which can be recycled at our current Veolia recycling centre will differ from other boroughs and cities. This means that universal recycling icons on packaging may not always be relevant. Please check the list below for items we can and cannot recycle.
Putting the wrong items in your green bin can cause lorry loads of recycling waste to be rejected and sent to the general waste incinerator instead. Find out more about this on our recycling contamination webpage.
Yes please, these are items we can recycle
Click to view a full list of items we can recycle
Mixed paper & card (dry and flattened where possible)
Cardboard – cereal boxes, egg boxes, other cardboard packaging (remove tape), toilet rolls
Catalogues, brochures, telephone directories
Greetings cards (no glitter)
Newspapers and magazines
Paper – junk mail, envelopes (includes window envelopes but not padded envelopes), brown paper and writing paper (not shredded, or ripped up paper smaller than a receipt)
Food tins & drink cans (empty and clean)
Cans and tins - food and drink
Cartons (not Tetra Pak foil lined cartons)
Large tins (not large metal sweet tins)
Plastics (empty and clean. Please remove lids, squash the bottle and replace lid)
Plastic bottles including lids – milk, water, soft drinks, laundry and household cleaning bottles (not spray bottle tops), beauty product bottles
Plastic tubs and pots – clean yoghurt pots and margarine tubs
No thanks, we can't recycle these items
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Bagged waste – please leave your recycling items loose in the bin
Batteries – please put in a plastic bag on top of your waste bin on collection day (not including car batteries or industrial batteries)
Cardboard/ plastic takeaway packaging (due to food residue)
Food and drink waste - tea bags, egg shells, plate scrapings etc
Fruit punnet packaging
Garden waste – Grass cuttings, hedge trimmings etc will need to go in your brown bin
Glass – please put clean glass and jars in your glass collections box
Large metal biscuit/ sweet tins
Pet food pouches
Plastic carrier bags, bin liners
Spray bottle tops/triggers
Tetra Pak packaging (Waxy outer with foil lined inner) - juice and milk cartons
Additional recycling bins
Households that produce an exceptional amount of recyclables can request additional green recycling and glass boxes at the discretion of Gedling Borough Council free of charge by filling out the online form. See the waste and recyling policy for more information.