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Reuse and Recycling A-Z – Durham County Council

For anyone still confused as to what goes where re. recycling, Check out this A-Z list of what items are recycled.

via Reuse and recycling A-Z – Durham County Council.


Bin it Right – Recycling and General Waste – Durham County Council

Do you bin it right? From this week we’ll be adding stickers to recycling bins to help everyone remember what goes in which bin so we can recycle even more and help protect our environment.

The amount of waste that gets recycled has increased by over 30% since the introduction of alternate weekly collections in 2012, but last year nearly 10% of it was contaminated by non-recyclable materials. Most commonly nappies, pet waste and food. Contaminated material not only reduces recycling rates but also costs about £100 a tonne in alternative disposal.

If you ever want to know what goes in which bin, you can check on our website at or call us on 03000 261000.

Bin it Right

Bin it Right

What goes in my recycling bin?

The following items go into your recycling bin with the blue lid.

Wash and squash your items where possible to remove food and save space. This helps to prevent contamination and keep your bin clean. Place all clean, dry items loose in your recycling bin to allow for sorting later.

Material Yes please No thanks
plastics recycling logo
  • all plastic bottles
  • yoghurt and butter containers
  • hard plastic containers
  • Children’s toys
  • black plastic food trays
Mixed paper recycling logo
  • all paper
  • all cardboard
  • plain greetings cards
  • polystyrene
  • used kitchen paper
  • wipes
  • nappies
Food and drink cans recycling logo
  • all steel and aluminium food tins and drinks cans
  • clean tin foil
  • biscuit and sweet tins
  • cutlery or any other metal objects
Carton logo
  • all cartons eg fruit juice, drinks and soup
  • polystyrene
Aerosol logo
  • aerosol cans

What goes in my recycling box?

The following items go clean and loose into the recycling box:

Material Yes please No thanks
Mixed glass logo
  • glass bottles and jars of all colours
  • broken glass
  • Pyrex
  • light bulbs
  • mirrors
  • flat glass

Other recyclable items

What about other items which are tricky to summarise under general headings?

Find a full list of items in our reuse and recycling A-Z.

What goes in my rubbish bin?

Material Yes please No thanks
Household Waste
  • domestic household waste that cannot be recycled.
  • recycling
  • rubble or bricks
  • vehicle parts
  • items which may make the bin too heavy

What goes in my garden waste bin?

The following items go into the garden waste bin with the brown lid.


Material Yes please No thanks
Garden waste icon
  • grass cuttings
  • shrubs
  • leaves
  • weeds
  • flowers and plants
  • hedge clippings
  • prunings
  • small branches (no larger than 7cm)
  • plastic / black bags
  • bio-degradable or compostable bags
  • plant pots / plastic trays
  • kitchen / food waste
  • soil / bricks / rubble
  • nappies
  • paper / plastic / cardboard
  • textiles
  • pet waste
  • children’s toys
  • garden ornaments

Bin it Right Guide

Find out more about recycling at home in our PDF IconBin It Right: A Guide to Recycling At Home.pdf (3 pages, 660kb).

Why is it important to put things in the right bins?

It’s really important that you follow these guidelines as it helps to reduce contamination and helps reduce the amount of waste going to energy from waste.

Every tonne of contaminated recycling costs the council approximately £100 to transport and dispose of through waste treatment.

If you do put waste in the wrong bin, you might find a reminder sticker on your bin or a leaflet through your door. You may also receive a letter asking you to remove it and put in the right bin before your next collection day.

Related links

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Timeline Photos – Durham County Council.

Reminder NEW Day for Bin Collection in Ushaw Moor – Starts Thus 14th June & Fri.15th June

June 6, 2012 5 comments

Durham Revised Bin Collection

NEW Bin collection will start on either 14th or 15th June for NORMAL waste (black lid).

Then 21st or 22nd June for RECYCLING waste.

Then alternate each Thursday or Friday between NORMAL and RECYCLING waste collection, one week NORMAL WASTE one week RECYCLING.

Check out the LEAFLET that you received from the Council

Check out and fill in your address to find out more INFO.

New Recyling (Blue Lid) Bin – Information from Durham Council

April 30, 2012 1 comment

Start using your BLUE LID recycling bin straight AWAY.

Information Leaflet on NEW Alternate Collection Dates Starting in June. FRONT BACK

Good Morning, need info on new Recycle (Blue) lid bins, we had ours delivered in Ushaw Moor, info. that came with the bin informs us we start using the bin on 22nd June 2012, in the mean time continue to use the Green sack for paper/plastic etc.

I have now heard that a number of users have had their Green Sack taken away after collection today 30th April.

Am I to understand that we are now using the NEW Blue Lid for recycling with effect from NOW rather than 22nd June as told by leaflet ?

    • Durham County Council
      Hi there. You should start to use your new bin from now on, putting it out on your current recycling day. Alternate weekly collections (where your rubbish is collected one week, and your recycling is collected the next) will start in June, and the date on the leaflet refers to the recycling collection day once alternate weekly collections start in your area. Hope this helps. Thanks.
    • Paul Clough
      Thanks for your help, I notice most were actually doing this,,, some were still using their OLD sack bins,,, thanks again for confirming this 🙂

    • You’re welcome.

New recycling and rubbish collection service

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

A new recycling and rubbish collection service could lead to savings of more than £9m over the next five years.

The new system, being introduced across County Durham over the coming months, will see rubbish and recycling collected on alternate weeks, with rubbish being collected one week and recycling the other. Similar systems already operate in many other areas of the country.

Householders will also receive a new grey wheeled bin with a blue lid, which they will be able to use for recycling paper and card, plastic, food tins and drink cans, cartons and aerosols. Glass bottles and jars should still be left out for collection in the existing plastic box.

The first of the new bins are being delivered to homes in the Chester-le-Street area from today.

The changes, which will also include the introduction of more efficient collection routes, will mean major savings for the authority through a reduction in vehicles, fuel and staffing costs.

It is also expected that the scheme will reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, which will, in turn, lead to further savings through an increase in income from recycled materials and a reduction in landfill tax.

A leaflet explaining the new system has now been delivered to homes across the county within the council’s new Guide to Services.

For up-to-date information about the new rubbish and recycling system visit and enter your postcode in the My Durham section or call 03000 26 1000.

Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, attaches stickers to new recycling bins advising residents of their new recycling days.

From Durham County Council Facebook PAGE.

Recycling Un-Collected 31st Oct 2011

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

As community members may have noticed some or NONE of their fortnightly recycling was disrupted leaving some getting left in parts of Ushaw Moor

I have been in touch with the Council and they have informed that it WILL be collected sometime this week, but unsure when, they have advised to leave it out for collection.



Durham Freegle – Free Giving Locally

January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Recycle your unwanted household goods.

Free Giving Locally Easily – Waste Not Want Not

durham_freegle : Durham Freegle.



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