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What goes in your bins

You can now recycle more items in your brown recycling bin – find out more below.

You’ll have different rubbish and recycling bins depending on the type of property you live in.

House or converted flat

If you live in a house or a converted flat, you’ll have two types of bins for your waste. If you’ve signed up for our green garden waste service, you’ll also have a green bin for green garden waste.

Brown recycling bins

Your brown bin is for household items that can be recycled in Barking and Dagenham. Most items will have information on whether it can be recycled or not on the packaging. 

Items which should be put into your brown bin are:

  • paper
  • thin card
  • cardboard boxes
  • plastic bottles - rinsed and with the lids removed (this includes plastic bottles such as water, milk, bleach, washing up liquid, shampoo, make up, and medicine bottle, disinfectant, plant feed and liquid fertiliser bottles)
  • aluminium and steel tins and cans - rinsed
  • catalogues and directories
  • newspapers, magazines and leaflets

Now you can recycle the following items in your brown bin:

  • glass bottles and jars
  • paperback books (we encourage you to donate paperback books to your local charity shop, but if they’re not in good condition please recycle them after removing any plastic sleeves)
  • hardback books (again we encourage you to donate hardback books to your local charity shop, but if they’re not in good condition you can recycle them after removing hardback covers and removing any plastic sleeves)
  • mixed plastics such as yogurt pots and margarine tubs (when washed)
  • empty aerosol cans and clean aluminium foil

Please ensure that items are placed in the bin loose and not in bin bags or plastic bags, as these can't be recycled. You can place excess materials meant for your brown bin in clear bags next to it on the day of your collection. Thick cardboard should be neatly stacked and also put alongside your brown bin on your collection day.

If you place any items which can’t be recycled into your brown bin, this will contaminate the contents of the bin, which will mean that none of the items inside can be recycled. You bin will not be emptied and will be tagged for your information. You will be required to remove any items that should not be in your bin ready for your next collection.

Items that are recyclable but which aren't currently recycled as part of your brown bin collection, can be taken to your nearest reuse and recycling facility. 

Grey domestic bins

Your grey bin is for non-recyclable waste, referring to any items that you can't put into your brown bin.

Items which should be put into your grey bin are:

  • food scraps*
  • nappies
  • cling film
  • polystyrene 
  • meat trays
  • plastic food wrapping
  • crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • bottle lids

We will only collect one bin's worth of rubbish from your property. This has to be a council-owned bin, any bins which have been privately purchased will not be emptied. If you have more waste than will fit into your grey bin, take it to one of our reuse and recycling centres.

*Some grey bins are labelled with a sticker, which has information on food waste. This does not mean you can't place food scraps into your grey bin. Before you throw food in the bin, check whether you can freeze it, or put it to use another way. 

Flats with communal bins

If you live in a flat with communal bins you’ll have access to up to three types of bins.

Blue Eurobins

Your blue Eurobin is for household items that can be recycled in Barking and Dagenham. Most items will have information on whether it can be recycled or not on the packaging.

Items which should be put into your blue Eurobin bin are:

  • paper
  • thin card
  • cardboard boxes
  • plastic bottles (rinsed and with the lids removed)
  • aluminium and steel tins and cans (rinsed)
  • catalogues and directories
  • newspapers, magazines and leaflets

Now you can recycle the following items in your blue Eurobin:

  • glass bottles and jars
  • paperback books (we encourage you to donate paperback books to your local charity shop, but if they’re not in good condition please recycle them after removing any plastic sleeves)
  • hardback books (again we encourage you to donate hardback books to your local charity shop, but if they’re not in good condition you can recycle them after removing hardback covers and removing any plastic sleeves)
  • mixed plastics such as yogurt pots and margarine tubs (when washed)
  • empty aerosol cans and clean aluminium foil.

Please ensure that items are placed in the bin loose and not in bin bags or plastic bags, as these can't be recycled. 

If you place any items which can't be recycled into your blue Eurobin, this will contaminate the contents of the bin, which will mean that none of the items inside can be recycled. They will be collected with your regular waste, and sorted at our waste facility. 

Some flats and apartments have two blue Eurobins; one for paper and thin card and another for mixed recyclables, including glass. Make sure you check the signage before adding your waste.

Silver Eurobins

Your silver Eurobin is for non-recyclable waste, referring to any items that you can't put into your blue Eurobin.

Items which should be put into your silver Eurobin are:

  • food scraps
  • nappies
  • cling film
  • polystyrene 
  • meat trays
  • plastic food wrapping
  • crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • bottle lids