Houses: what goes in my bins?

Find out where you can recycle in your area

This page is an A-Z guide of what you can place in each of your bins and your blue box.

If you would like a guide of what can go in each bin download the documents below.

If you have an item that cannot be found in our A to Z, please contact us on 01462 474000 or email us at service@north-herts.gov.uk.

If you live in flats or you share communal bins, please go to our Flats and Communal recycling pages.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V W Y

A

 
Aerosols Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Asbestos For advice on asbestos please contact WasteAware
Ash (coal) Purple Rubbish Bin
Ash (wood) Purple Rubbish Bin

B

 
Baby / Make-up wipes Purple Rubbish Bin
Bags (plastic) Purple Rubbish Bin
Bark Brown Bin
Batteries Household Waste Recycling Centre, local supermarkets or NHDC Council Office in Letchworth
Biodegradable packaging Purple Rubbish Bin
Biros Purple Rubbish Bin
Black bin bags Purple Rubbish Bin
Blister packs (for pills) Purple Rubbish Bin
Books (good quality) Charity Shops or book banks at a Household Waste Recycling Centre
Books (beyond reuse) Blue Box - pages only (remove cover and spine)
Bottles (glass and all kinds of plastic) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Brita water filter cartridges Purple Rubbish Bin (or some shops offer recycling for these)
Brown paper (wrapping, envelopes) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Bubble wrap Purple Rubbish Bin
Buckets, old washing up bowls / tubs Purple Rubbish Bin or Household Waste Recycling Centre

C

 
Candles Purple Rubbish Bin
Cans Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (please crush where possible to take up less space)
Cardboard (cereal boxes, corrugated boxes, toy boxes, toilet tubes, shiny card so long as it will tear - remove any tape) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (please flatten where possible to take up less space)
Cardboard packets lined with metal e.g. gravy granules, cocoa powder Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Cardboard tubes (from kitchen or toilet roll) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Carpet Household Waste Recycling Centre
Carrier Bags Supermarket bag recycling points or Purple Rubbish Bin
Cartons (e.g. juice / soup, Tetra Paks) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (please squash where possible, to take up less space)
Cat food pouches (with silver living) Purple Rubbish Bin
Cat litter Purple Rubbish Bin
Catalogues Blue Box
Cassette tapes (plus cases) Remove all tape first and place in Purple Bin - the plastic cassette case can then be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre
CDs Purple Rubbish Bin (for music / DVDs take to local charity shop)
CD Cases Purple Rubbish Bin
Cellophane Purple Rubbish Bin
Cereal boxes Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (please flatten where possible, to take up less space)
Cereal packets - inner liners (plastic) Purple Rubbish Bin
Chewing gum Purple Rubbish Bin
Christmas cards (if heavily decorated with glitter, foil etc.) Purple Rubbish Bin (or reuse as gift tags)
Christmas cards (plain) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Christmas Trees (real, cut up first) Brown Bin or a local garden centre for recycling
Cigarette ends Purple Rubbish Bin
Cling film Purple Rubbish Bin
Clothes, textiles and shoes Grey Mixed Recycling Bin - textiles MUST be tied in a bag (not black sack) and placed at the side of your bin. If you share a bin or live in a flat please take textiles to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or to a local charity shop if they are in good condition
Coat hangers (plastic or wire) Household Waste Recycling Centre
Coffee grounds Kitchen Caddy or directly into your Brown Bin
Coffee Pods (separate plastic and foil) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Coloured paper (except brown) Blue Box
Compostable packaging / bags Purple Rubbish Bin (only liners with the seedling logo can go in your Brown Bin)
Cooking Oil Household Waste Recycling Centre
Corks (real or plastic) Purple Rubbish Bin
Costa Cups Purple Rubbish Bin
Costa Lids Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Cotton buds Purple Rubbish Bin
Cotton reels Purple Rubbish Bin
Cotton wool Purple Rubbish Bin
Crisp packet Purple Rubbish Bin
Crockery (broken) Purple Rubbish Bin

D

 
Disposable cutlery / plates (card or plastic only without heavy food residue) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Disposable drinking cups (not polystyrene) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Disposable razor blades Purple Rubbish Bin
Dog Waste Purple Rubbish Bin
Duvets & Pillows Household Waste Recycling Centre
DVD cases Purple Rubbish Bin

E

 
Egg boxes (cardboard only) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Egg boxes (plastic) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Egg boxes (polystyrene) Purple Rubbish Bin
Egg shells Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Bin
Electrical items Household Waste Recycling Centre or NHDC WEEE collection events
Engine Oil Household Waste Recycling Centre
Envelopes - Brown (without windows only) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Envelopes - White or coloured (with or without windows) Blue Box

F

 
Feathers Brown Bin
Financial Times Blue Paper Box
Flower pots - plastic (small only) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (large pots are more rigid plastic and should be placed in Purple Bin or taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre)
Flowers Brown Bin
Foam food trays and food packaging Purple Rubbish Bin
Foil, including takeaway trays Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Foil / Plastic wrapping e.g. crisp packets Purple Rubbish Bin
Food Waste Caddy liner or straight into your Brown Bin

G

 
Glass bottles and jars Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Glass - window panes / sheet Household Waste Recycling Centre or Purple Rubbish Bin
Glasses - drinking Purple Rubbish Bin
Grass cuttings Brown Bin
Greaseproof paper Purple Rubbish Bin
Greetings cards (no glitter or foil trimmings) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin

H

 
Hair Brown Bin
Hard Covers (from catalogues and books) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Hard plastic (children's toys, storage boxes, recycling boxes) Purple Rubbish Bin or Household Waste Recycling Centre
Hay and straw Brown Bin
Hedge cuttings Brown Bin
Holiday brochures Blue Paper Box
Hoover bags and dust Purple Rubbish Bin

I

 
Ice cream tubs Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Incontinence pads Purple Rubbish Bin

J

 
J Cloths Purple Rubbish Bin
Jiffy bag envelopes Purple Rubbish Bin
Junk mail (remove any plastic wrapping) Blue Paper Box

K

 
Kitchen towels Purple Rubbish Bin

L

 
Latex gloves Purple Rubbish Bin
Leaves Brown Bin
Lids (from bottles and jars) Purple Rubbish Bin
Light bulbs (energy saving) Household Waste Recycling Centre
Light bulbs (fluorescent tubes) Household Waste Recycling Centre
Light bulbs (halogen) Purple Rubbish Bin
Light bulbs (LED) Household Waste Recycling Centre
Light bulbs (old style) Purple Rubbish Bin

M

 
Magazines Blue Paper Box
MDF Household Waste Recycling Centre
Metal biscuit tins Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Mirrors Household Waste Recycling Centre
Moss Brown Bin

N

 
Napkins / serviettes Purple Rubbish Bin
Nappies Purple Rubbish Bin
Netting (plastic) e.g. orange nets Purple Rubbish Bin
Newspaper Blue Paper Box

O

 
Office paper Blue Paper Box

P

 
Paint pots Household Waste Recycling Centre
Paint including varnishes, gloss (over half full) Ecowaste offer a paint recycling scheme
Paper (coloured except brown) Blue Paper Box
Paper (office, mail, newspaper, magazines, white envelopes) Blue Paper Box
Pencils Purple Rubbish Bin
Pet bedding for vegetarian pets (hay and straw) Brown Bin
Pet litter (carnivorous) Purple Rubbish Bin
Pet faeces (bagged) Purple Rubbish Bin
Phone directories Blue Paper Box
Photo negatives Purple Rubbish Bin
Photographic paper Purple Rubbish Bin
Pillows & Duvets Household Waste Recycling Centre
Plant pots (plastic, no greater than 9cm in diameter) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (larger pots are more rigid plastic and should be placed in Purple Bin or taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre)
Plants (please remove all excess soil) Brown Bin
Plastic Bags Supermarket bag recycling points or Purple Rubbish Bin
Plastic bottles and loose lids (all drink, detergent, shampoo bottles) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (please squash where possible, to take up less space)
Plastic films (from ready meals) Purple Rubbish Bin
Plastic food tubs, pots and trays (rinse clean) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Plastic sweet wrappers Purple Rubbish Bin
Plastic wrapping (including food wrappers) Purple Rubbish Bin
Plate glass Household Waste Recycling Centre
Polystyrene packaging Purple Rubbish Bin
Polystyrene food trays (Styrofoam / foam) Purple Rubbish Bin
Post-it notes Blue Paper Box
Potato sacks (thick brown paper) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (please cut off the string top and place in the Purple Bin)
Printer cartridges Supermarket and school recycling points, Purple Rubbish Bin or Household Waste Recycling Centre
Prunings Brown Bin
Pyrex (or similar) Purple Rubbish Bin

R

 
Razor blades Purple Rubbish Bin
Resealable plastic packets (e.g. containing cheese, sandwich bags) Purple Rubbish Bin
Ring binders Purple Rubbish Bin
Rubber gloves Purple Rubbish Bin

S

 
Sanitary products (wrapped) Purple Rubbish Bin
Sanitary towels Purple Rubbish Bin
Saucepans Purple Rubbish Bin
Seed trays - no larger than 30cm Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (larger seed trays are rigid plastic and should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre)
Sellotape Purple Rubbish Bin
Shellfish Brown Bin
Shiny cardboard (that will tear and has no plastic coating) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Shiny cardboard (that has plastic coating) Purple Rubbish Bin
Shoes (any kind) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin - in a separate bag (not black sack) placed at the side of the bin
Shower curtain Purple Rubbish Bin
Shredded paper Blue Paper Box (please do not put this in your box loose as it may blow away)
Shrink wrap Purple Rubbish Bin
Shrubs and flowers Brown Bin
Soil / turf and rubble Household Waste Recycling Centre
Solar panels For more information please contact a solar panel recycling service such as https://www.solarpanels.cheap/recycle
Sponges and loofahs Purple Rubbish Bin
Sticky labels and backing paper Purple Rubbish Bin
Styrofoam Purple Rubbish Bin
Syringes (sharps) Clinical Waste

T

 
Tablet packets (plastic and foil) Purple Rubbish Bin
Tea bags Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Bin
Textiles, clothes and shoes Grey Mixed Recycling Bin - MUST be tied in a bag (not black sack) and placed at the side of your bin. If you share a bin or live in a flat please take textiles to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or take them to a local charity shop if they are in a good condition
Tins (small or large including biscuit and sweet tins) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (please squash where possible, to take up less space)
Tissues Purple Rubbish Bin
Toner cartridges Supermarket and school recycling points, Purple Rubbish Bin or Household Waste Recycling Centre
Toothpaste tubes Purple Rubbish Bin
Toys (plastic) If in a good condition - a charity shop, if not then Purple Rubbish Bin or Household Waste Recycling Centre
Toys (soft textiles) If in a good condition - a charity shop, if not then Purple Rubbish Bin or Household Waste Recycling Centre
Toys (cardboard packaging) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin (remove any plastic / film or polystyrene)
Trays (plastic food trays, ready meals) Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Tubs for food, e.g. butter tubs and ice cream tubs Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Tupperware Purple Rubbish Bin
Turf / soil and rubble Household Waste Recycling Centre

U

 
Uncooked food Kitchen Caddy or straight into your Brown Bin

V

 
Video cassettes Remove all tape first and place in Purple Bin - the plastic cassette case can then be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre

W

 
Wallpaper Purple Rubbish Bin
Water filter cartridges (e.g. Brita) Purple Rubbish Bin (some supermarkets take these for recycling)
Wax crayons Purple Rubbish Bin
Weed control fabric Purple Rubbish Bin
Weeds Brown Bin
Window frames (wooden or plastic) Household Waste Recycling Centre
Wood Household Waste Recycling Centre
Wood shavings Brown Bin
Woodchip wallpaper Purple Rubbish Bin
Wrappers (e.g. from sweets, biscuits) Purple Rubbish Bin
Wrapping (plastic) e.g. from around magazines Purple Rubbish Bin
Wrapping paper Purple Rubbish Bin

Y

 
Yellow Pages Blue Paper Box
Yoghurt pots Grey Mixed Recycling Bin
Yoghurt pot lids Purple Rubbish Bin