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What can I put in my grey bin?

Wheeled bin with lid open

Your grey bin should be for household waste items that cannot be placed in your recycling bins.

To find out which household waste items can be collected in your red or yellow lidded recycling bins see what can I put in my recycling boxes and bins?.

What can I put in my grey bin?

You can put the following items your grey bin. Many of these items can also be taken to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

Waste itemAccepted by Household waste recycling centres?
Juice or milk cartons (Tetra Pak)Yes
Plastic wrappingNo
WallpaperNo
PolystyreneNo
Carrier bagsYes
Margarine tubs, yoghurt pots or plastic traysYes
Drinking glasses, plates or other ceramic itemsNo
Pots and pans or other scrap metalYes*
ToysYes*
Light bulbsYes
TextilesYes*

Food waste

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)***

No**

No

*If these items are in good condition, your local recycling centre may be able to reuse and resell them in their shop.

** Food waste can be composted at home. For ideas on how to reduce your food waste visit Love food, hate waste.

*** PPE such as face masks, disposable gowns and disposable gloves due to the current COVID-19 situation

What should I avoid putting in my grey bin?

You should avoid putting the following items in your grey bin:

Waste itemwhere to dispose
BatteriesThese can be taken to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre or local supermarkets 
Lighter fluid containers (or other flammable containers)These can be taken to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre
Garden wasteGarden waste should go in your brown bin. If you are not currently subscribed to garden waste collection and would like to do so please visit garden waste collection. 
Cans of paintThese can be taken to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre
Fluorescent tubesThese can be taken to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre
Small household appliances (e.g. kettles, toasters, microwaves)These can be taken to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre


What should I never put in my grey bin?

You should never put the following items in your grey bin.

If your bins are found to contain any of these items we may refuse to collect them.

Waste itemwhere to dispose
Asbestos*This is extremely hazardous - to find out how to dispose of this see the information below.
Rubble and general builder's wasteThis can be taken to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre, although you may require a permit, Alternatively, we operate skip hire.
Plaster and plasterboardThis can be taken to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre although you may require a permit. Alternatively, you can hire a 'plasterboard only' skip from us.
TVs and computer monitorsThese can be taken to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre Alternatively you can arrange for a bulky waste collection.
Domestic clinical waste (including used diabetic sharps and infectious items) 

Dispose of these items using our free clinical waste collection.

*Disposing asbestos 

Asbestos is a hazardous substance and requires handling in the correct manner.

You should never put asbestos in your general waste bin.

Why can't I dispose asbestos in my grey bin?

Disposing asbestos in your grey bin puts the health of our collection staff at risk.

Your rubbish is partially treated by manual handlers and any loose asbestos placed in your bin could be a threat to their health.

Where should I dispose of it?

You can dispose of asbestos waste at your local household waste and recycling centre. Not all household recycling centres dispose of asbestos, so please check before you go by visiting Lancashire County Council - disposal of hazardous waste and asbestos.

Please note: Asbestos will only be accepted at your local recycling centre if wrapped in heavy duty polythene sheets. Asbestos wrapping materials are provided free of charge (in limited quantities) from any local recycling centre. Smaller pieces of asbestos should be double-bagged and securely sealed.

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