What can I recycle?

Blue-lid recycling bin

The following items can go in your blue-lid recycling bin:

  • Cardboard
  • Paper (including newspapers, magazines, junk mail)
  • Phone books and directories
  • Plastic bottles; for example, drinks, toiletries, cleaning products
  • Food tins, drink cans, metal sweet and biscuit tins
  • Empty aerosols; for example, deodorants, hair sprays, polish

Please rinse empty plastic bottles, tins and cans. If possible, please remove lids and tops and place them in your general waste bin. 

Please do not put your recycling in black sacks or plastic bags.

Recent news about plastic recycling

You may have seen coverage in mainstream media, of the increasing Chinese restrictions on waste imports. Some of this coverage has led to claims that plastic, in particular, collected for recycling, could end up being incinerated instead of recycled.

Veolia are responsible, under contract for Hampshire local authorities, for identifying and securing markets for the materials collected and achieving best value. The Chinese situation is creating general market uncertainty. Whilst we are not aware of an imminent or significant impact on prices, the exact impact is not yet clear.

Veolia are identifying new markets to ensure that Hampshire material can continue to be placed to market. With specific regard to plastic, our plastic bottle stream is of good quality and goes through a secondary sorting process before being placed to market in the UK and Europe (i.e. not China).

See also:

What goes in my bin?

A- Z of recycling

What not to put in your blue-lid recycling bin 

Please think carefully about what goes in. If your recycling bin contains items we can’t recycle, it can make the rest of your recycling unusable.

Please do not put the following items in your blue-lid recycling bin:

  • Black sacks, plastic/carrier bags
  • Other plastic/polystyrene packaging; for example, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, food trays, etc.
  • Books
  • Tetra paks; for example, fruit juice and milk cartons
  • Household waste
  • Food waste
  • Tin foil and foil food trays
  • Gift wrapping paper
  • Textiles/clothes
  • Glass
  • Garden waste
  • Wood



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