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Kerbside mixed recycling

The mixed recycling service means different types of materials for recycling can be collected in the same bin, making it easier and more convenient to recycle.

A wider range of materials will be accepted in your mixed recycling bin including plastic pots, tubs and trays such as yogurt pots, margarine tubs and meat trays, as well as food and drink cartons.  

How to use your mixed recycling binWoman using the mixed recycling bin

You can put all materials that can be recycled into your mixed recycling wheeled bin. Please check your Household Waste Collection Calendar and place your bin at the kerbside by 7am on your collection day.

Follow these simple steps and get the most from your mixed recycling service:

  • Give your glass, plastic containers, cartons, tins and cans a quick rinse. 
  • Flatten cardboard and cartons and squash plastic bottles.
  • Remember metal and plastic lids can be recycled too.
  • Place shredded paper in a paper bag or cardboard box.
  • Remove sticky tape, ribbons and bows from wrapping paper.  
  • Only loose items should be put in the mixed recycling bin. Do not use plastic bags or bin liners.
  • Please do not leave extra recycling beside your bin; it will not be collected. If you have extra recycling please take it to a Recycling Point or Recycling Centre. 

What you can recycle in the mixed recycling bin

You can recycle the following materials in the mixed recycling bin:

 Paper and card





  Metal items

 Plastic containers 

Plastic bottles and jars

Glass bottles and jars 

Glass bottles and jars

  • Envelopes (including windows)
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Leaflets
  • Office paper
  • Phone books
  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Greetings cards
  • Wrapping paper (please remove any tape or bows)
  • Shredded paper (please keep it together in a paper bag or envelope)

  • Cereal boxes
  • Food and drink cartons, including lids and tops 
  • Egg boxes
  • Toilet roll tubes
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Cardboard boxes






  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins
  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Foil trays
  • Metal lids
  • Biscuit tins






  • Food and fruit trays
  • Drinks bottles
  • Milk bottles
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Sauce bottles
  • Shampoo bottles
  • Handwash bottles
  • Cleaning product bottles
  • Plastic lids
  • Margarine tubs
  • Meat trays 


  • Cooking sauce jars
  • Jam jars
  • Baby food jars
  • Juice bottles
  • Wine bottles
  • Beer bottles
  • Bottle and jar lids






What you cannot put in the bins

It is important that only the correct items are put into the mixed recycling bin. If the wrong items are in the bin it may not be emptied, wasting valuable resources. For this reason please do not put any of the following items in your mixed recycling bin:

 Materials that cannot be put in your mixed recycling bin
  • Plastic bags or black bags
  • Plastic film and bubble wrap  
  • Food or garden waste
  • Polystyrene or foam trays
  • Packaging which has food residue on it
  • Nappies
  • Drinking glasses or Pyrex

Ways to deal with extra recycling

Please do not overfill your mixed recycling bin, or put recycling out for collection in any other type of container. These will not be collected. If you have extra recycling please take it to one of the Recycling Points or Recycling Centres.

If you regularly have more recycling than you can fit into one recycling bin, you may find our tips and advice on waste reduction and reuse helpful - see the links under 'Information on reducing, reusing and recycling on the Household Waste and Recycling homepage. Alternatively, you can request Request a Recycling Container or Liners Online.

Why recycle?

The simple act of recycling has enormous benefits: Pile of materials for recycling

  • It reduces waste which can damage our environment. 
  • It means that the Council spends less on waste disposal and treatment.
  • It allows the materials to be turned into new resources.

What happens to your recycling

The materials that the Council collects from your mixed recycling bin are taken to be sorted. This is done mechanically at a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where different types of materials are bundled together and sent on to reprocessing plants. There, they are recycled and turned into valuable resources, such as new bottles, cans and newspapers.

Find out more about what happens at a Materials Recovery Facility by watching this short video or animation.

Get in touch with the Recycling Team

For more information or advice about the mixed recycling service in Aberdeen, Contact the Waste and Recycling Team.

Back to the Household Waste and Recycling homepage.