What goes in my grey bin?

Once you have separated your recyclables, the rest of the household waste you produce should be placed in the grey bin, including cling film and polystyrene.

The more you recycle, the less you will have to place in the grey bin, which is large enough to hold four or five full (but not crammed) black sacks, or their equivalent.

Do not cram or stuff waste into the grey bin, or put so much in that the lid won't close. The bin is emptied mechanically into the lorry, and if rubbish is so jammed in that it won't fall out, the refuse collectors will return the bin to you full.

Any extra waste left beside your grey bin will not be collected. If there are six or more permanent residents in your household, or if a member of your household has a medical condition that results in the creation of additional waste, please contact us to discuss your eligibility for a larger bin.

You may have concerns with regard to the health and hygiene implications of the grey rubbish bin that will be collected fortnightly. However, there will be little smell and no risk to public health if you double wrap food scraps and remains in plastic bags, double wrap nappies, and store the bin out of direct sunlight.

What goes in my green bin

Join the Recycling Revolution! From 1 October 2014 far more items can be placed in to your green bin for recycling. A full list can be found below, and for more details about the Recycling Revolution campaign, see the Recycle for Norfolk website.

Your recyclables should be placed loose in your green bin - not in bags.

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Things that can go in your green bin include (don't forget to rinse them out first):

  • Food and drink cans, both aluminium and steel.
  • Glass - all bottles and jars (no more trips to the bottle bank!).
  • Aluminium foil and trays including takeaway and ready meal containers.
  • Plastic pots including yoghurt pots, containers for gravies and fresh sauces.
  • Plastic food tubs and trays including margarine tubs, meat and vegetable trays.
  • Empty aerosol cans.
  • Plastic bottles, such as milk, drinks, bleach, shampoo.
  • Paper, including envelopes (including windowed), shredded paper and cardboard.
  • Food and drink cartons including milk, juice, smoothie and soup containers. Bottle tops can be left on.

Things that can't go in include:  Toys, video tapes, CD’S and DVD’s, plastic plant pots, washing up bowls, cutlery and drainer trays, plastic paint pots.  Soft plastic - polystyrene, bubble wrap, plastic sheets, carrier bags. Sweets and crisp wrappers, nappies, textile (clothing, carpet and shoes), wood and metal paint tins.

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What goes in my brown bin

Things that can go in your brown bin include:

  • Grass cuttings, weeds, leaves.
  • Flowers, plants, vegetable tops.
  • Hedge clippings, twigs, bark.
  • Small branches.
  • Christmas trees.
  • Shredded paper.

Currently you are not able to dispose of kitchen waste (e.g. vegetable peelings etc.) in the brown bin.

Any additional garden waste placed alongside the brown bin will not be collected. Please be careful not to fill the bin so it is too heavy to move.