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What goes in my bins?

Find out what goes in your black, brown, garden or food bins.

Please put your bin on the kerbside before 7am on your collection day

Please remove your bin from the kerbside by the end of your collection day.

See our  pdf icon Sorting Your Waste and Recycling Leaflet [4Mb] for more information.

Also read our pdf icon Recycling in Flats Leaflet [3Mb]  for a complete guide to your recycling services from your flat.

Black recycling bin

  • paper
  • newspapers and magazines
  • cardboard
  • food tins
  • drink cans
  • glass bottles and jars
  • household plastic bottles
  • plastic drinks bottles
  • plastic packaging (margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, food trays)
  • foil packaging
  • aerosols

Please place items for recycling loose in your black bin - please do not use bags.

Additional recycling

We do not collect any recyclable items in black bags or other plastic bags.

We do not offer more than 1 black recycling bin.  Please contact Customer Services for more information.

Brown household bin

  • nappies
  • polystyrene
  • thin plastics such as cling film
  • crisps and sweet wrappers
  • plastic bags
  • bread bags
  • cigarette ends
  • coat hangers
  • drinking glasses
  • pet waste
  • pyrex dishes
  • razor blades
  • rope and string
  • sanitary products
  • tissues
  • CDs, DVDs and videos
  • wallpaper and wrapping paper

Soil and rubble should not go in your brown bin and will need to be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (rubbish tip).

Excess household waste

We do not collect any household waste that is not inside the brown bin.

We do not offer more than 1 brown household bin. However, you can request a larger brown bin if there are 7 or more people living in the household. You will need to provide proof of this. Please contact Customer Services for more information.

Garden waste bin

  • grass cuttings
  • hedge clippings
  • tree prunings
  • leaves
  • twigs
  • weeds
  • small branches
  • woody green waste up to six inches in diameter
  • Christmas trees

Please ensure that all garden waste is placed loose in your green bin and not in bags.

If you only have a small amount of garden waste in your green bin, it will still be collected. Do not overfill your green garden waste bin. If it is too heavy for our staff to move it will not be emptied.

Excess garden waste

We do not collect garden waste that is not inside the green bins.

Food waste caddy

Food caddies are only available to households. People living in flats will not receive a food caddy.

  • meat and fish - raw and cooked
  • fruit and vegetables - raw and cooked
  • all dairy products such as eggs and cheese
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • rice, pasta and beans
  • uneaten food off your plates and dishes
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • bones
  • cat and dog food

Excess food waste

We cannot take any food waste recycling left for collection in black bags.

How to use your food caddy

If you are a new resident to the city and have not used a food recycling caddy before, here is how to:

  1. line your indoor silver caddy with either a plastic carrier bag, nappy sack, pedal bin liner or newspaper
  2. once bag is full (or you know longer want the waste in your kitchen) place the lining and the contents into the outside larger green caddy
  3. place green caddy next to your brown bin for emptying on your collection day

Red recycling bins for high rise flats

  • paper
  • newspaper
  • magazines
  • cardboard
  • food tins
  • drink cans
  • clean foil packaging
  • aerosols
  • glass bottles and jars
  • plastic packaging (margarine tubs, yoghurt pots, food trays)
  • household plastic bottles (shampoo bottles, bathroom products, cleaning products)
  • plastic drinks bottles

What happens to the food waste collected?

Food waste collected from homes in Wolverhampton is treated using a process known as Anaerobic Digestion (AD). The process produces fertiliser, which can be used on farmland and is also a source of renewable energy. Gas produced during the process is used to generate electricity which is fed into the National Grid.

What happens to the garden waste collected?

Garden waste collected from homes in Wolverhampton is composted locally to produce fertiliser.