Communal mixed recycling bins

Communal mixed recycling bins

Communal mixed recycling bins are available if you live in a block of flats or tenement where there wouldn't be space for every household to have their own bin. 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.

  • All waste must fit in the bin with the lid closed, if the bin is full please contact the Waste and Recycling team on 03000 200 292.
  • Don't leave any excess or large waste items on the street next to the bin.
  • Put all recycling into the bin loose, not in plastic bags, as it will be sorted later.
  • Please rinse and flatten items as much as possible before putting them in the bin.

What you can recycle

Paper and card

  • 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 (such as tetra paks), 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

Plastic containers

  • 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

Glass bottles and jars

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

What you can't recycle

Please do not put any of the following items 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
  • Batteries

Mixed recycling bag

You can get a free reusable bag for collecting your recycling. The bag is large enough to store the recyclables for a while and is easy to empty in the mixed recycling bin outside.

You can collect a bag by visiting the depot or order one over the phone from the Waste and Recycling team:

Altens East Recycling, Resource and Recovery Facility
Hareness Road
Altens Industrial Estate
AB12 3GX

03000 200 292

Additional waste

Please do not leave any extra waste or large items at the side of the bin because we will not be able to collect them. If you have excess waste or a large item that will not fit in the bin, you can:

Contact the Waste and Recycling team

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