What can I put in my Black Bin?

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Black Recycling Bin

Make sure your recycling is clean, dry and don't bag it

Please see the information below for a trouble free collection, placing the wrong items in your black bin means your bin will be rejected and not collected until the items are removed.

We will collect extra recycling if left out next to your black bin in a clear plastic bag.

Want to see where your recycling goes? Please watch thevideo to see what happens when it gets there. 

Yes please to:


Mixed Paper-recyclableCardboard-recyclableHousehold Plastic Packaging-recyclablePlastic bottles-recyclableMixed glass-bottles & jars-recyclableAerosols-recyclableFoil Trays-recyclable
PaperRigid PlasticGlassMetal
NewspapersBottles (including lids)BottlesSteel cans
Junk mailPots (i.e. yogurt pots)Jars (including lids)Aluminium cans
MagazinesTubs Clean foil
Cardboard boxesTrays Foil trays
EnvelopesSprays Aerosols
Cardboard egg boxes   

No thanks to:

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  • Plastic bags
  • Nappies
  • Cling film
  • Tissues or kitchen roll
  • Dirty or greasy paper
  • Crisp packets
  • Soft Plastics (for example toys)
  • Clothes & textiles
  • Polystyrene
  • Wood
  • Plant Pots
  • Batteries
  • Black food trays
  • Wallpaper
  • Hard Plastic - kitchenware, electrical plugs, stationery
  • Electricals

Make sure it's clean, dry and don't bag it

It's important to keep your recycled items dry and your bin lid closed. No wet paper or cardboard should go in the bin and you should empty all cans and bottles before recycling.

If your recycling gets wet, the paper and cardboard will stick to any glass items. This means we cannot recycle these items anymore.

Wet paper and cardboard can also stick to the machinery and clog up the system at the recycling plant. Therefore, we cannot remove wet cardboard placed next to your bin either.


Putting the right stuff in the right bin is important. The wrong stuff is called contamination and when contaminated loads of recycling are found, it can potentially result in the whole lorry full being sent for disposable instead of recycling.

Further details about contamination and recycling can be found on the Norfolk Recycles webpage What is contamination and why is it a problem?

For information on what you can and can't put in your Green household waste bin see our pageWhat can I put in my Green Bin?



Last updated: 04/06/2021 07:31:25