What goes in my containers?

All waste and recycling containers must be out, ready for collection by 7.00am on your collection day.

A guide to recycling in Solihull

To find out what happens to the material you recycle visit our what happens to my recycling page.

Green waste collections

With garden waste collections due to start again at the end of March we've prepared some top tips to help you get the most out of your wheelie bin:

  • don't overfill your bin - if you have too much garden waste to fit into the bin, look at other ways in which you could dispose of it you could try:
  • make sure the contents of your bin are loose, if the contents are squashed in or compacted they won’t fall out easily when the bin is emptied - we are unable to return to empty compacted or partially emptied bins
  • make sure you only put garden waste in your bin - if you are unsure you can double check what can and can't be recycled through the garden waste collection service

Recycling A to Z

Our Recycling A to Z provides a comprehensive guide on how you can recycle most household items.

Recycling for flats

If you live in a flat please visit our flats recycling page.

Recycling - Brown wheelie bin or clear recycling sacks

Brown wheelie bin

Please help us by only putting clean recycling in your containers - and by making the most of the space in your bin by flattening, folding or tearing your card and by squashing plastic bottles and cans (do not squash aerosols cans).

Please remove all packaging and make sure that you break down large cardboard boxes so that they can fit inside the brown bin. If your brown bin is full, please leave broken down cardboard at the side of the bin.

Your recycling should still be loose in your bin so that it will fall out easily when it’s emptied.

  • newspapers, magazines, telephone directories, catalogues
  • junk mail, envelopes, greeting cards
  • shredded paper (please place inside a used envelope or wrap in newspaper)
  • cardboard food boxes and egg boxes
  • toilet or kitchen inner cardboard rolls
  • corrugated card
  • food and drink cartons such as juice, milk and soup
  • household plastics such as drinks bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning bottles, make-up cleanser bottles and washing up liquid bottles
  • food and drink cans/tins
  • metal caps and lids
  • food trays and tubs (e.g. fruit punnets, trays from microwave meals)
  • yogurt pots
  • aerosol cans
  • clean foil
  • paper wrapping paper (Not plastic or foil)
Clear recycling sack

We will not empty bins/sacks which contain the following:

  • plastic carrier bags
  • newspaper supplements still in plastic packaging
  • crisp packets
  • cellophane/bubble wrap
  • polystyrene
  • plant pots
  • food
  • glass
  • tissues and kitchen roll
  • household waste
  • cards with glitter or foil
  • nappies
  • metal i.e. cutlery or paint tins
  • hard plastics i.e. CDs, DVDs, toys or sweet tubs
  • clothes or textiles
  • wallpaper
  • plastic film
  • food pouches (e.g. pet food pouches)
Black wheelie bin and purple sack

Rubbish - Black wheelie bin or purple sacks

Only place household waste which cannot be recycled in your bin or sacks. We will not collect any extra waste which is placed next to your bin or purple sacks.

We will not empty bins/sacks which contain the following:

Recycling box for glass

Black recycling box

You can recycle the following items in your green or black box:

  • all glass bottles
  • glass jars

We will not empty boxes which contain the following:

  • metal caps and lids from jars/bottles
  • pyrex style glass, drinking glass or broken glass
  • light bulbs
  • vases
Green wheelie bine

Garden waste - Green wheelie bin

Your green waste should not be compacted so that it will fall out easily when it’s emptied.

You can recycle the following items in your green wheelie bin:

  • lawn clippings
  • small branches (These should be no bigger than 3 inches or 7.5cm in diameter)
  • prunings
  • spent flowers
  • leaves
  • windfall fruit, cones, seeds
  • weeds

We will not empty bins which contain the following:

  • soil and turf
  • bricks and rubble
  • large branches and tree stumps
  • food, kitchen waste, vegetable or fruit peelings
  • animal faeces
  • plastic bags or sacks
  • plant pots, trays, hanging baskets
  • pesticides, weed killer
  • ash
Clothes recycling banner

Clothes recycling

If you have any unwanted clothes you can now put them out next to your brown wheelie bin or clear sacks on your recycling collection day. You can put your clothes out in a carrier bag or other clear plastic bag.

Clothes recycling may not immediately be collected with your wheelie bins, if this occurs a separate crew will collect your clothes on the same day. 

Please do not use charity bags for your clothes - charity bags should only be used to donate clothes to the charity that provided the bag.

It is important that we can tell that the bag contains clothes. You can download and print a label to stick to your bag of clothes.

Alternatively, you can donate unwanted clothes to local charity shops. 

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