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Recycling in Southampton

What can be recycled

The following items can go in your blue-lid recycling bin:
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 tins and cans and plastic bottles. If possible, please remove lids, tops and trigger sprays from plastic bottles and place them in your general waste bin. 
Please do not put your recycling in black sacks or plastic bags.

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 for example, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, food trays, cartons and tetra paks such as fruit juice and milk cartons
Polystyrene and plastic packaging
Household waste
Food waste
Tin foil and foil food trays
Gift wrapping paper
Garden waste

Find out more information about recycling >

Southampton Household Waste Recycling Centre >

Glass Collection Service > 

Recycling Banks > 

Recycling Books > 

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