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Mixed recycling bins

We are improving the recycling service for flats and tenements by installing communal mixed recycling bins. Depending on your property, the mixed recycling bin will be located either on the street next to the general waste bin, in the bin store, or somewhere else nearby.

The mixed recycling bins have blue lids and can be used to recycle paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles and containers, and metal tins, cans, foil, foil trays and aerosols.

Find out more about how to use the service below or see the Mixed Recycling FAQs.

Read more about Mixed recycling bags.

 Communal Mixed Recycling Bin

How to use your mixed recycling bins

  • Collect your materials for recycling.  
  • Give your glass, plastic containers and cans a quick rinse. 
  • Flatten any cardboard, squash plastic bottles and remove bottle lids to recycle separately.
  • Put your recycling in the on-street recycling bin with the blue lid. Only loose items should be put in the mixed recycling bin. Do not use plastic bags or bin liners as this will prevent the material from being separated for recycling.  
  • Do not leave anything at the side of the recycling bin. This is flytipping. If you have large items of rubbish, please arrange a  Collection of Bulky Waste Items
  • The recycling bin will be emptied every week.


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 (tetrapaks), 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 in 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  

Why recycle?

The simple act of putting your paper, card, plastics, metals and glass into your nearest mixed recycling bin has enormous benefits: Pile of materials for recycling

  • It reduces landfill and the harmful greenhouse gases which can damage our environment. 
  • It saves money on landfill tax and allows the council to spend taxpayers' money more efficiently.
  • The materials are turned into new resources, such as new bottles, cans and newspapers.

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.

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.