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Use your blue bin to recycle this Christmas

17 December 2018

Rushcliffe Borough Council is reminding residents to use their blue bins and recycle effectively over the festive period.

 Households across the Borough are able to recycle paper, mixed card, food and drink cans or plastic bottles.

It is important that only the following items are placed into the blue bin, as other materials will not be recycled and may prevent the bin from being collected:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Envelopes and writing paper
  • Catalogues and directories
  • Junk mail
  • Cereal and egg boxes
  • Kitchen and toilet roll tubes
  • Flat pack cardboard
  • Food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Milk and soft drinks bottles
  • Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Household cleaning product bottles
  • Cosmetic and toiletry bottles
  • Yoghurt and margarine tubs

View the blue bin guide - for information about these items.

Wrapping paper, if it can remain scrunched up, can also be placed in the blue bin.

If the wrapping paper unravels, or appears to contain foil, then it cannot be recycled and must be placed in the grey bin.

Additional waste, including large amounts of paper and plastic packaging, can fill up bins around the holiday season.

By using the blue bin to recycle all approved items, residents can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and help to avoid running out of space in their grey bin.

Cllr Roger Upton, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Waste Management said: “Christmas is an important time to consider how effectively your household recycles.

“Help Rushcliffe to start 2019 positively by ensuring you only place mixed paper and card, food and drink cans or plastic bottles into your blue bin this festive season.”

Across the holidays there will be some changes to blue and grey bin collections.

All the changes are listed below.

Grey bins:

Usual collections day

Your bin will be collected on

Tuesday 25 December

Monday 24 December

Wednesday 26 December

Thursday 27 December

Tuesday 1 January

Monday 31 December


Blue bins:

Usual collections day

Your bin will be collected on

Tuesday 25 December

Friday 21 December

Wednesday 26 December

Friday 28 December

Tuesday 1 January

Wednesday 2 January


Glass should not be placed in the blue bin and instead must be recycled at a local Bring Site, which are located across the Borough.

A list of which can be found here: