Our corporate bin policy

With more than 85,000 households in Warrington we have a lot of bins to empty!  To help us do this as efficiently and safely as possible, make sure:

  1. Place your wheelie bin out on your normal collection day, but not before 5:00 pm the day before.
  2. All rubbish must be inside the correct wheelie bin with the lid closed.
  3. Don’t leave your wheelie bin in a position that will block the way for others.
  4. Return your wheelie bin to your property as soon as possible after collection, but no later than midnight the same day.
  5. Glass, plastic bottles, cans, paper and cardboard must be placed loosely in the correct recycling wheelie bin provided for this purpose, for collection.
  6. Label your bins with your house number.

You’re responsible for returning and storing your allocated wheelie bins.

Things you can put in your blue bin

Your blue bin is for items that we CAN recycle:

  • Aerosols (empty)
  • Cardboard
  • Envelopes (with windows) and junk mail
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles - drinks bottles, household cleaner bottles, shampoo bottles etc
  • Plastic food trays/tubs/pots i.e margarine tubs, yogurt pots
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Shredded paper
  • Tetra pak drink cartons
  • Food and drink tins and cans
  • Tin foil, and clean foil trays
  • Yellow Pages and phone directories

Please rinse your containers to get rid of any leftover food or liquid, and put them straight in the blue bin and not in plastic bags. If you're putting cardboard packaging i.e. pizza boxes in your blue bin, can you please ensure these are clean and don't any contain food.

Please do NOT put any of these in your blue recycling bin:

Please note this list is not exhaustive. Any item placed in the blue bin that is not listed in the items you can recycle will be classed as a ‘wrong item’ and your blue bin will not be emptied.

Any kind of plastic bag (including compostable bags)

Can be disposed of in your black bin

Can be accepted at CRCs

Hard plastic - toys / coat hangers / plant pots / buckets / tupperware etc Can be disposed of in your black bin Can be accepted at CRCs
Any food or liquids Food can be disposed of in your black bin  
Polystyrene Can be disposed of in your black bin Can be accepted at CRCs
Sharps boxes Ask you GP or local pharmacy where you can exchange your sharps box  
PPE (including gloves and face masks) Can be disposed of in your black bin  
Nappies Can be disposed of in your black bin  
Clothing and shoes   Can be accepted at CRCs
Light bulbs Can be disposed of in your black bin Can be accepted at CRCs
Cling film / plastic wrapping / bubble wrap Can be disposed of in your black bin  
Crisp packets Can be disposed of in your black bin  
Electrical items   Can be accepted at CRCs
Pet waste Can be disposed of in your black bin Can be accepted at CRCs
Pet food pouches Can be disposed of in your black bin  
Carpets / rugs   Can be accepted at CRCs
Paint, trays and brushes   Can be accepted at CRCs
Hose pipes Can be disposed of in your black bin Can be accepted at CRCs
Glass from windows   Can be accepted at CRCs
Scrap metal   Can be accepted at CRCs
Plates, dishes and pyrex Can be disposed of in your black bin Can be accepted at CRCs
Cushions, duvets and bedding items   Can be accepted at CRCs
Used tissues, kitchen roll / paper towels Can be disposed of in your black bin  
Wallpaper Can be disposed of in your black bin Can be accepted at CRCs
Wrapping paper (foil or with glitter) Can be disposed of in your black bin Can be accepted at CRCs
Dust from hoover Can be disposed of in your black bin  
Garden waste   Can be accepted at CRCs
Soil   Can be accepted at CRCs
Wood   Can be accepted at CRCs
Furniture   Can be accepted at CRCs
Hardcore and rubble    *Small amounts can be at CRCs
Batteries   Can be accepted at CRCs

* Please note that CRCs can accept general waste from your black bin if you have extra bags to dispose of.

Things you can put in your green bin

Your green bin is for garden waste:

  • Flowers
  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge clippings
  • Leaves
  • Plants – indoor and outdoor
  • Twigs, small branches and bark
  • Weeds

Don’t put turf, large branches, soil, stone or rubble, or your pet’s poo, bedding or straw in your green bin.

Put your garden waste straight into the bin and not into plastic bags.

We only collect your green bin if you have paid for a green bin subscription.

Things you can put in your black bin

Your black bin is for general rubbish that we can’t recycle including leftover food, plastic bags and wrappers, polystyrene, nappies and dog/cat poo.

Don’t put garden waste in your black bin.  Don’t put soil, stone or rubble, or building materials – this will make the bin too heavy for us to move, so we won’t be able to empty it.

You can put your rubbish in plastic bin bags before it goes in the bin.

Things you can take to the tip

You can take things you no longer need to one of our community recycling centres.  Before you go, check their opening times, what items they accept and whether you may need a permit:

Things you can take to a recycling bank

There are local recycling points, often on supermarket or pub car parks, where you can take some things to be recycled.  Before you go, check where they are, when they’re open and what you can take.

Batteries

Never put batteries in your black, or any other, bin – they can cause a fire.  You can take batteries to a community recycling centre, to your local Livewire library, or to Contact Warrington.