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The green recycling bin

The best recycling is clean, dry and loose. If using a sack please make sure it is clear and not black or coloured. Please make sure you rinse your recycling before putting it in your green bin. Food waste, black bags, nappies and textiles are not recyclable and can mean a whole streets’ worth of recycling gets rejected by our recycling facility.

To test your knowledge you could try our quiz

The Great Green Recycling Bin Quiz

Here’s a list of the things you can put in your green recycling wheelie bin or sack.


  • Empty carrier bags
  • Cleaning product and beauty product bottles
  • Drinks bottles (and tops)
  • Food and drink cartons (like soup or juice cartons)
  • Food trays (including black trays)
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Large sweet tubs
  • Margarine tubs
  • Plastic milk cartons and bottles
  • Yoghurt pots

When possible, please squash the bottle to make more space in your bin.

Paper and cardboard

  • Books – (can also be donated to charity shops etc)
  • Catalogues
  • Phone directories
  • Cereal boxes
  • Cardboard and cardboard boxes
  • Envelopes (including envelopes with plastic windows)
  • Greeting cards (no glitter)
  • Junk mail
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Shredded paper
  • Tissue boxes
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Writing paper


  • bottles – any colour – the lids can go in your green wheelie bin too, but please remove them and chuck them in separately
  • jars – any colour


  • Aerosols
  • Clean foil
  • Food tins and cans including pet food
  • Steel and aluminium food and drink cans (please wash and squash them first)
  • Metal lids (bottle and jar lids)

What happens to your recycling

Your recycling is taken to a Material Recovery Facility in London and separated into different materials. These are then processed and sold on to companies to be made into brand new products. If the recycling has too many non-recyclable things in it the facility will not accept it so please make sure you recycle correctly.

You can watch a video from Oxfordshire Recycles showing what happens to your recycling.

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