Which bin do I use?

Please help us to recycle as much as possible into the right bins - contaminated bins cost money.

Blue bin / white sack
Cartons (all types of cartons such as long life milk cartons, fresh juice cartons, even those with plastic spouts) Wallpaper
Office paper Plastic bags
Junk mail Plastic trays
Catalogues, brochures and directories Plastic wrappers
Newspapers and magazines Polystyrene
Envelopes Hard back and paper back books
Greeting cards (without glitter) Food
Cardboard (including printed or plain) Crisp packets
Kitchen and toilet roll inner tubes Nappies
Brown bin
Cans, tins and aerosols Plastic bags
Glass bottles Plastic film
Glass jars Plastic wrapping
Plastic bottles Plant pots
Yoghurt pots Furniture or toys
Household plastic pots and tubs Food
Aluminium foil Nappies
  Foil type food sachets
  Electrical items
  Wine and beverage glasses
  Coat hangers
  Window pane glass
  Coffee pods
Green bin / green caddy
Grass Cardboard
Leaves Large branches (more than 15cm diameter)
Twigs Soil
Small branches (less than 15cm diameter) Rubble
Food including
  • Bread and pastries
  • Egg shells and dairy (no liquids)
  • Fish (raw or cooked)
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Meat and bones (raw or cooked)
  • Teabags and coffee grounds
  • Leftover food
Food packaging
  Liquid oils and fat
  Liquid dairy products such as milk, yoghurt or cream
  Plastic bags

You can put food waste straight into your green bin (no food waste bag needed). If you have no food bags, you can line your silver caddy with newspaper and then put it all into your green bin.

Unfortunately items in your black bin will not be recycled.

Please ensure you recycle as much as possible using your Blue, Brown and Green bins.

Black bin
Anything that is not allowed in the above bins Soil
  Building materials
  Liquid waste (including paints and oils)

Please contact the helpline for advice on how to dispose of these items on 01942 404364.

Please make sure that your bin is placed at the edge of your property or collection point no later than 7am on your collection day.

Food waste collections

Every household has a small, silver kitchen caddy and a supply of compostable liners to make recycling food waste clean and easy. Watch the video below to find out how you can help be part of the council's drive to reduce waste, recycle more and save money.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling

Residents can now recycle their waste electrical items (old kettles, hair-straighteners, toasters, etc.) at the special WEEE banks situated at Asda Leigh and Asda Wigan.

  • Asda Leigh, Atherleigh Way, Leigh, WN7 5RZ
  • Asda Wigan, Soho Street, Robin Park, Wigan, WN5 0XA.

If these banks prove popular then we may look at rolling out more of them in other parts of the borough.

If the item is still in working order then you can donate them to your nearest charity shop.

Please do not put any electrical items into your brown bin as they will not be recycled but will go to costly landfill.


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