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Recycling from home

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1. What can I put in the bin?

It is easier, quicker and safer for our workers to sort materials if you do not 'bag up' items in your recycling container.

These can go in your green bin:

  • Drink cans (empty)
  • Food tins (empty)
  • Aerosols (empty)
  • Biscuit tins and lids
  • Aluminium foil
  • Puree tubes (leave lids on)
  • Plastic bottles - including household cleaning product bottles (empty, with the lids on)
  • Plastic food containers (empty)
  • Polythene or plastic film and wrap (including bubble wrap)
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Cardboard
  • Junk mail and envelopes (remove plastic wrapper from junk mail and put it into your container separately)
  • Carrier bags
  • Catalogues
  • Phone directories

Please note that we do not accept shredded paper for recycling.


What can you put in your grey bin?

Your grey bin should contain any waste that is generated from daily living that cannot go into the recycling bin. This includes nappies and incontinence products. Food waste can be put into your grey bin if you are not able to compost at home. Broken glass, including mirror glass should be double wrapped. Glass bottle and jars are the only exception and should be taken to the recycling banks located across the city.

Examples of items that are not considered part of daily living and should not go into the grey bin are:

  • Small electrical items, such as kettles, toasters and irons
  • Used household batteries
  • Waste resulting in DIY projects such as plaster board and replaced fixtures and fittings
  • Garden waste - please do not put this into your grey bin



If your child goes to school in Exeter

Visit Devon County Council's The Zone website to find out more about how to include the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle message effectively in your school’s curriculum with their extensive teaching resources. You can download everything from lesson plans to classroom activities and find out more about site visits, workshops and funding.