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What goes in your bins

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

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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 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. However, certain items which can be recycled elsewhere aren't currently accepted in our brown bins, including glass bottles and jars.

Items which should be put into your brown 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

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. They will be collected with your regular waste, and sorted at our waste facility. 

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

Grey 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
  • yoghurt pots
  • plastic food wrapping
  • crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • bottle lids
  • glass bottles**

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. 

**Glass bottles can be recycled at your local bottle bank or recycling facility. 

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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. However, certain items which can be recycled elsewhere aren't currently accepted in our blue Eurobins, including glass bottles and jars.

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

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
  • yoghurt pots
  • plastic food wrapping
  • crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • bottle lids