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?.
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 item||Accepted by Household waste recycling centres?|
|Juice or milk cartons (Tetra Pak)||Yes|
|Margarine tubs, yoghurt pots or plastic trays||Yes|
|Drinking glasses, plates or other ceramic items||No|
|Pots and pans or other scrap metal||Yes*|
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)***
*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
You should avoid putting the following items in your grey bin:
|Waste item||where to dispose|
|Batteries||These 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 waste||Garden 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 paint||These can be taken to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre|
|Fluorescent tubes||These 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|
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 item||where to dispose|
|Asbestos*||This is extremely hazardous - to find out how to dispose of this see the information below.|
|Rubble and general builder's waste||This can be taken to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre, although you may require a permit, Alternatively, we operate skip hire.|
|Plaster and plasterboard||This 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 monitors||These 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.
Asbestos is a hazardous substance and requires handling in the correct manner.
You should never put asbestos in your general waste 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.
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.