What goes in my containers?

All containers must be out presented at the edge of your property by 7.00am on your scheduled 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.

Recycling tips

The green sticker on your recycling bin tells you what we can recycle. The top 5 items that are often mistakenly put in the recycling bin that we can’t recycle are:

  • plastic/foil pet food pouches and food pouches
  • crisp packets and shiny plastic wrappers
  • tissues and kitchen roll
  • plastic bags e.g. bread bags
  • food

Please put these items in your rubbish bin and remember ‘If in doubt - leave it out’.

Recycling A to Z

Visit Recycle Now for a full A to Z of items you can recycle.  

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 (please ensure it is of a size that would fit into the brown 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • coffee pods - these can be recycled at your nearest TerraCycle drop-off
  • 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.

  • Shredded paper (please place in the black bin, as it cannot be recycled as the paper fibres are too short)

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
  • metal caps and lids from jars/bottles

We will not empty boxes which contain the following:

  • 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
  • peat
  • 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
  • all other wood other than branches/twigs
  • sawdust, shavings and woodchip
  • wood/straw based animal bedding
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Himalayan balsam

Clothes recycling

Clothes recycling banner

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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