What waste goes where

Leave it loose in your silver bin

It is easier to sort recycled items if they are left loose. Recycled materials inside other items such as plastic bags, boxes or tubs will not be collected.

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empty, without lids
Silver bin
containing hazardous liquids or gases e.g. paint sprays
Black bin
Asbestos (bonded) Special skips for small quantities of bonded asbestos waste at the Pyms Lane (Crewe) and Danes Moss (Macclesfield) centres. You should telephone the site before you visit to check available capacity and report to the attendant when you arrive. More information about asbestos.
Batteries Car and household batteries can be taken to your nearest household waste and recycling centre.
Bric-a-brac General reusable items can be taken to your nearest household waste and recycling centre.
Brita water filters You are able to return them to BRITA to be recycled. Visit the BRITA website, search your postcode and you will find the stores near you where you can take the filters to be returned to the supplier.
Bubble wrap Silver bin
Calor camping gaz containers We cannot accept the canisters in the silver bin due to explosive risk. Find your nearest camping gaz outlet and more information on exchange and disposal
food, drink, biscuit and sweet tins – rinsed with labels and lids left on
Silver bin
Cards and wrapping paper
that contain glitter
Black bin
including egg boxes, kitchen/toilet rolls, corrugated/thick cardboard and cereal/ready meal boxes
Silver bin
(flatten and remove tape)
Carpet Your nearest household waste and recycling centre
including juice, milk, smoothie and fabric conditioner
Silver bin
CD's CDs cannot be recycled as they are made from a different plastic that is not recognised by the sorting facility. However, if they are commercially made, please take them to your nearest charity shop
such as mugs, vases and crockery
Black bin
Chocolate wrappers Black bin
Crisp packets Black bin
Disposable nappies
The benefits of using real nappies
Black bin
Drinking glasses Black bin - the glass has a different melting point to glass bottles and jars, so cannot be recycled through the silver bin scheme
Flowers (cut) Green bin
and cleaned foil/aluminium trays
Silver bin
Food waste Black bin
Fridges and freezers Your nearest household waste and recycling centre
Fruit or vegetable punnets Silver bin
Gas cylinders Gas cylinders cannot be accepted as they are the property of the gas company and should be returned to the supplier.
Glass bottles and jars
rinsed, lids can be left on
Silver bin
Grass cuttings
Lawn mowings/edgings
Green bin
Green garden waste Your nearest house waste and recycling centre
Hard plastics Black bin
Hedge clippings Green bin
Leaves Green bin
Light bulbs Low energy bulbs and fluorescent tubes can be taken to your Household Waste Recycling Centre. Old style filament light bulbs should go in the black (general waste) bin
Mattresses Beds, mattresses and soft furnishings can be taken to your nearest household waste and recycling centre.
Metal lids Silver bin
Needles and syringes Should never be put in your recycling bin, household waste bin or any other refuse bin. Arrangements for disposing of needles and syringes in sharps bin containers vary from area to area. You may be able to return it to your GP surgery or local pharmacy. For more information contact your NHS trust.
engine oil/vegetable/cooking oil
Your nearest household waste and recycling centre
Paint Your nearest household waste and recycling centre
Paper and envelopes
including newspaper, magazines, telephone directories, catalogues, brochures, leaflets, junk mail and greeting cards
Silver bin or nearest household waste and recycling centre
Pet litter/Animal bedding Black bin
Photographs As photos have a plastic film covering, they cannot be recycled and would 'contaminate' the paper recycling. These should be disposed of in the black refuse bin.
Polystyrene Black bin
Plants from hanging baskets and planters
(without soil)
Green bin
Plants, twigs and small branches
(without soil)
Green bin
from small DIY projects
At Danes Moss, Macclesfield and Pyms Lane Crewe centres only. You must remove anything attached to the plasterboard for example tiles and insulation. We recommend that you hire a skip for larger scale projects.
Plastic drink bottles Silver bin
Plastic cleaning bottles
including fabric conditioner, detergent and bleach
Silver bin
Plastic plant pots These are made from a rigid plastic and are not accepted by the sorting facility, they should be put in the black bin or taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Plastic toiletry bottles
including shampoo
Silver bin
Plastic yoghurt pots
ice cream and margarine tubs
Silver bin
Plastic toys Children's plastic toys and CD's can be reused through charity shops
Plastic trays
including meat, fish and cake trays
Silver bin
Rubble Your nearest household waste and recycling centre for small DIY projects only. For larger scale projects it’s recommended that you hire a skip
Scrap metal Your nearest household waste and recycling centre
Shredded paper Either the silver bin (it must be loose and only a small quantity) or bagged in the black bin
Small domestic appliances
for example hair straighteners, kettles, shavers, mobile phones, drills, power tools, phones
Your nearest household waste and recycling centre
Soup or sauce pots Silver bin
Tea bags/Coffee grounds Black bin
These can also be composted
Televisions and computer monitors Your nearest household waste and recycling centre
Textiles, clothing and shoes As your recyclables are mixed together, we cannot collect textiles as they would be damaged. Please take them to a local charity shop, textile bank or Household Waste Recycling Centre. Duvets, pillows and cushion pads should not be put in the textile banks.
Toothpaste tubes or dispensers Toothpaste tubes and dispensers may still contain small amounts of toothpaste, so are not recyclable due to contamination. Please put the tubes or dispensers in the black bin.
Tree bark Green bin
Tyres Tyres cannot be accepted at Household waste and recycling centres. To find out how to dispose of tyres in your local area, type ‘how to dispose of tyres’ into any search engine or search a phonebook/yellow pages.
Video tapes Video tapes are also not recyclable through the silver bin scheme as the tape can wrap around the equipment, which occasionally causes the sorting facility to close down while the tape is cut and disposed of.
Wax or waxed packaging Black bin
Waxed paper coffee/tea cups Silver bin
Weeds Green bin
Windfall from fruit trees Green bin
Wood Your nearest household waste and recycling centre
Wrapping paper
(without glitter)
Silver bin