Blue Bins


You can recycle the following items in your blue bin or recycling bag. Please place all items loose in the bin - do not put them inside plastic bags:

  • Glass (leave lids on glass jars and bottles).
  • Cans (do not crush).
  • Paper, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, catalogues, phone directories and wrapping paper (non-plastic/metallic).
  • Envelopes (including plastic windows).
  • Cardboard food boxes and egg cartons (flattened).
  • Cereal, cardboard packages (remove plastic padding) and food boxes.
  • Toilet or kitchen roll inner cardboard.
  • Plastic drinks bottles (keep lids on, do not flatten).
  • Plastic shampoo and cleaning bottles.


Your blue bins or recycling bags will not be collected when they contain the following:

  • Black bag waste.
  • Plastic bags, cling film or plastic padding.
  • Metal objects, shredded paper or polystyrene.
  • Juice cartons (Tetrapak).
  • Food or liquids.
  • Yoghurt pots, plastic tubs, food trays or foil containers.
  • Textiles, clothes and shoes (take clothes and bric-a-brac to your local charity shop or recycling bank).
  • Paint tins (donate leftover paint to your local community repaint scheme).
  • Electrical items (take these to your nearest recycling centre or arrange a Bulky Bob collection)
  • Syringes.
  • Wood


Green Bins


You can place the following items in your green bin:

  • Grass cuttings, hedge clippings, dead plants and weeds.
  • Cut flower and shrub prunings (woody waste).
  • Bark, leaves and small twigs.
  • Branches no larger than 7.5cm or 3 inches in diameter.

Your green bins will not be collected when they contain the following:

  • Stone, concrete, timber or builder’s waste.
  • Glass, plastic, metal, paper or cardboard.
  • Plant pots, soil or turf.
  • Household rubbish and food waste (food such as vegetable peelings can make good compost).


Purple Bin


Your purple bin is for household and food waste, and items which cannot be recycled or put in your green bin or compost. Please note: you cannot put electrical items in your purple bin - please book a Bulky Bob collection or visit your local Household Waste Recycling Centre to dispose of electrical goods.

Liverpool City Council currently have no food waste collection so any food, including pet food, should be put in your purple household waste bin.