Information about bin tags

Oops! Your bin has been tagged…

Tagged bin

If your recycling bin has been issued with a yellow bin tag, it means that our crews have spotted items in your recycling bin that can not be recycled and should not be in there. Wrong items placed in recycling bins contaminates our recycling streams. Removing these contaminating items from recycling streams causes additional costs to the taxpayer.

We need to reduce contamination in Southampton and improve our recycling rates. To do this, we need your help.

We’ve recently updated our bin tagging process. If you’ve found a yellow bin tag on your recycling bin today, it should indicate what item/s the crew has found that can not be recycled and are causing contamination. Please ensure that these items are not placed in your recycling bin in future, as it may affect your collections.

On this occasion, we have emptied your bin. We’re working on being able to collect and recycle more items in the future. In the meantime, we thank residents for their huge efforts to recycle right, but there are only SIX items that can be put in your recycling bin.

  1. Aluminium cans
  2. Plastic bottles
  3. Food tins
  4. Paper
  5. Aerosols
  6. Cardboard

Aluminium cans, plastic bottles, food tins, paper, aerosols and cardboard

Remember, if in doubt, leave it out! Items should be placed in your recycling bin, clean, dry and loose. Do not put them in bags. Failure to recycle correctly may result in us being unable to collect your bin in future.

If we have not taken your recycling on this occasion, please take out the items that cannot be recycled and we will collect your rubbish on your next scheduled collection day.

Find out more

To find out when your next collection day is, check out our bin collection calendar.

To find out more about what can and can’t be recycled in Southampton, check out our handy Recycling Guide.