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Bins, boxes and bags

Bins, boxes and bags

This page tells you what bins, boxes and other recycling containers are used in North Lincolnshire and what items can be put into each one. 

See our Guide to Recycling in North Lincolnshire leaflet [PDF, 2Mb].

Why recycle?

When we recycle, recyclable materials are reprocessed into new products, and as a result the amount of rubbish sent to landfill or incineration reduces.  It also reduces the need to use natural resources such as wood, coal and oil.

Recycling materials used in the manufacturing process uses much less energy than producing new products which requires extracting, refining and transport and process raw materials. 

As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change. Current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent to taking five million cars off the road. 

Collection times

Please ensure your bins, boxes and bags are put out for collection at the edge of the property where it meets the pavement by 7am on the correct day and taken in when empty.

Check you collection day

Changes to collections

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New or replacement bins or boxes

There is now a charge for new or replacement bins. Please see our fees and charges page for more information.

Request a replacement bin or box

Report bins or boxes that have not been returned correctly 

Request a bin or box as a new resident 

Request a textile bag

brown bin

Yes please...

  • Grass clippings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Flowers and pot plants
  • Leaves
  • Weeds 
  • Small twigs and branches (no bigger than 100mm/4" in diameter)

No thanks...

  • Food waste (including fruit and vegetables)
  • Plastic bags and bin liners (including biodegradable bags)
  • Soil
  • Cardboard
  • Animal waste, including pet litter and bedding
  • Other household waste, for example, nappies, vacuum cleaner contents, ash, metal, glass, plastic, newspapers, magazines, polystyrene or plastic plant pots 

Brown bin frequently asked questions [PDF, 31Kb]

What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your garden waste.

burgundy bin

Plastic - yes please ...

  • Plastic bottles
  • Drinks bottles
  • Toiletry/cosmetic bottles
  • Cleaning product bottles
  • Plastic food containers, for example, yoghurt pots, margarine and ice cream tubs (can accept all polymer types).  We do not accept black plastic container. 
  • Plastic bottle tops and lids (can accept all polymer types) 
  • Food and drink cartons

Please wash and squash cartons and bottles and put the lids back on.

Plastic - no thanks ...

  • Black plastic containers
  • Carrier/plastic bags
  • Plant and paint pots
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic toys and garden furniture
  • Plastic film
  • Plastic/foil pouches, for example, for food
  • Plastic piping
  • Crisp packets
  • Nappies
  • Food waste                              

Cardboard - yes please

  • Any clean cardboard, for example, cereal boxes, toilet roll tubes and egg boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Greetings and coloured card without glitter
  • Food and drink cartons, for example, for soup, milk and juice

Please flatten all boxes and remove sticky or parcel tape.

Cardboard - no thanks

  • Any cardboard which has food waste in it
  • Cardboard containers with a metal base
  • Card with glitter 

Burgundy bin frequently asked questions [PDF, 32Kb]

What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your plastics, cardboard and cartons.

 bue box

Yes please ...

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines 
  • Junk mail
  • Directories and catalogues including yellow papers
  • All other paper
  • Shredded paper (in a carrier bag) 

No thanks ...

  • Cardboard
  • Wrapping paper
  • Envelopes 
  • Sticky labels

Additional paper will be accepted in a carrier bag placed next to the blue box.        

Envelopes can be recycled in the blue box if you remove the adhesive strip and plastic window as these contaminate the recycling process.

For health and safety reasons the collection crews can only empty North Lincolnshire Council scheme boxes.

Blue box frequently asked questions [PDF, 25Kb]

What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your paper. 

green box

Yes please ...

  • Glass - all glass bottles and jars including bottle tops and lids
  • Food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Aerosol cans (without lids)
  • Aluminium foil
  • Sweet and biscuit tins
  • Household batteries - please put in a clear plastic bag and place it on top of the cans and glass so it is visible

Please rinse out all glass, tins and cans before placing in your recycling box.

No thanks ...

  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex dishes
  • Window/broken glass
  • Plastic backed foil packaging, for example, pet/food pouches
  • Car batteries

For health and safety reasons the collection crews can only empty North Lincolnshire Council scheme boxes.

Additional cans will be accepted in a carrier bag placed next to the green box. For safety reasons we regret we cannot collect glass in carrier bags.   

Save space!

You can stack your recycling boxes so they take up less room.

Green box frequently asked questions [PDF, 20Kb]

What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your glass, batteries, tins, cans, foil and aerosols. 

 red bag

To take part please put clean and dry old clothes and other textiles into the red collection bag next to your blue and green boxes.

Yes please...

  • Clothing in any condition
  • Handbags
  • Belts
  • Towels
  • Shoes (tied/bagged in pairs)
  • Curtains
  • Bed linen 

No thanks...

  • Quilts 
  • Bric-a-brac

Please ensure that your textiles are presented in a scheme bag or alternatively placed in a carrier bag and clearly marked for North Lincolnshire Council. We cannot accept textiles presented in other charity bags.

If you leave your bag out when you have filled it, you will receive a replacement.

If you need a new textile bag please complete the textile bag request form or contact the Customer Contact Centre.

Textile bag frequently asked questions [PDF, 25Kb]

What happens next? 

Find out what happens next to your textiles.

carrier bag

To take part please put your small electrical items in a standard supermarket carrier bag and place it next to your blue and green boxes.

Yes please…

Any electrical appliance with a plug or uses batteries that fits into a carrier bag, for example:

  • Telephones and chargers
  • Toasters 
  • Irons
  • Power tools
  • Hair driers
  • Games consoles
  • Electronic toys  
  • E-cigarettes

No thanks…

  • Any electrical item too big to fit into a carrier bag
  • Microwave ovens
  • TVs
  • Computer screens
  • Fluorescent tubes and light bulbs

Carrier bag for small electrical items frequently asked questions [PDF, 14Kb]

What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your small electrical items.

Green bin

Your green or grey bin is for general waste which cannot be recycled.

 We cannot collect...  

  • Excess waste
  • Building materials
  • Soil and rubble
  • Asbestos

Please note that we cannot take any excess waste and that bin lids are closed flat for collection.

General waste frequently asked questions [31kb]


What happens next?

Find out what happens next to your general waste bin.


To find out when your bins, boxes and bags will be collected, check your collection dates online.

Find out how to keep your bins and boxes clear of maggots [PDF, 14Kb].

Recycle for North Lincolnshire


Customer Contact Centre:

01724 297000

Waste Services Depot
Cottage Beck Road
North Lincolnshire
DN16 1TS

Opening hours

Customer Contact Centre

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm

Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Last updated: 13/07/2018