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
  • Cardboard
  • Envelopes (with windows) and junk mail
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic - drinks bottles, household cleaner bottles, food trays/tubs/pots
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Shredded paper
  • Tetra paks
  • Tin foil and foil trays
  • Tins and cans – steel and aluminium
  • Yellow Pages and phone directories

Don’t put hard plastic (like toys or coat hangers), bubble wrap, polystyrene, plastic bags, scrap metal, clothes, nappies, pet food pouches or garden waste in your blue bin.

Quickly rinse your containers to get rid of any leftover food or liquid, and put them straight in the bin and not in plastic bags.

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.


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.

Need to know what to do with a specific item?