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What goes in your bins

Brown recycling bins

Your brown bin is for household items that can be recycled in Barking and Dagenham. Items which can be recycled in 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
  • 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 enough 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 enough 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

Most items will have information on the packaging as to whether they can be recycled or not, but please check that the item you wish to recycle features in the list above.

Please do not place batteries in your bins at home (including your recycling bin) as these are a fire hazard.  Instead, you can take them to a battery recycling point at your local supermarket (most supermarkets will have these) or to Frizlands Lane tip.

Please also 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. Your bin will not be emptied. 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. Items which can be recycled in your Blue Eurobin 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
  • 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 enough 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 enough 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

Most items will have information on the packaging as to whether they can be recycled or not, but please check that the item you wish to recycle features in the list above.

Please do not place batteries in your blue or silver Eurobins at home (including your recycling bin) as these are a fire hazard. Instead, you can take them to a battery recycling point at your local supermarket (most supermarkets will have these) or to Frizlands Lane tip.

Please also 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 blue Eurobin in clear bags next to it on the day of your collection. Thick cardboard should be neatly stacked and also put alongside your blue Eurobin on your collection day.

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. Your bin will not be emptied. 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 Blue Eurobin collection, can be taken to your nearest reuse and recycling 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