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Your blue bin will be emptied every two weeksBlue recycling bin

Thank you for your continued use of the blue bins. Your enthusiasm has meant that we are currently recycling over 50% of your waste since the introduction of fortnightly refuse collections.

What goes in your blue bin

Below are examples of what goes in and what not to put in your recycling bin. 

Green 'yes please' tick  Yes please to -

  • Paper, for example -

Newspapers Telephone directories Envelopes and junk mail Books

newspapers, magazines and catalogues

telephone directories

envelopes, letters, general/shredded paper and junk mail


  • Cardboard, for example -

Corrugated card Cereal box Toilet rolls Cartons

brown corrugated cardboard

food packaging and
cereal boxes

kitchen and toilet rolls


  • Tins and cans, for example -

Tin cans Foil including tinfoil and foil food cartons Aerosols

food and drink cans



  • Glass, for example -

Glass bottles Glass jars

all glass bottles


  • Plastics, for example -

plastic bottles Plastic tubs such as margarine tubs Plastic bags Food pots, such as cottage cheese cartons Plastic yoghurt pots, including yoghurt drink bottles

plastic bottles


Carrier and clear plastic bags

food pots

yoghurt pots

'No thanks' X- cross  No thanks to -

Electirc kettle Food waste

electrical goods

food waste

Crisp packets

Other plastic such as toysOther glass such as mirrors NappiesTextiles

other plastics and glass

nappies and textiles

Black bin bags 

We are currently experiencing higher than average contamination rates. As such, we are carrying out special activities across the city to try to resolve this problem.

Between January and April all residents across the city will receive a letter to explain that from the next collection we will no longer accept black bags in the blue bin.  This letter also confirms what can be recycled in the blue bin.

You will have seen that we are placing information stickers on the lid of all blue bins.  The sticker details the top 4 contamination items.

Items that are contaminating the blue bins include –

  • Black bin bags
  • Nappies
  • Food waste
  • Textiles

If your bin contains items that are not allowed in it, it will be tagged and it will not be emptied.  Once the wrong materials have been removed we will empty the bin on your next collection.

What goes in my black bin 

Please contact us if would like to discuss any problems you may be experiencing with your recycling and waste.

Clock showing 7amCollections

Your blue bin is emptied every two weeks. Please put your bin out by 7am at the boundary of your property and return it as soon as you can after it’s been emptied. Bins will be emptied between 7am and 4.30pm.

Use our postcode checker to find out your collection dates

Assisted collections

If you need help moving your bin, you can request an assisted collection by telephoning 01482 300 300.

Replacements and additional bins

You can request up to two additional blue bins per household to help you recycle more. To apply for an additional bin, please complete the online form available below -

How to use your blue bin

Put your recycling in Put it out on collection day (by 7am, every two weeks) We will do the rest
Put your recycling in your blue bin Put it out by 7am
on your collection day
(every two weeks)
We'll do the rest!

Contact us

Waste management
Hull City Council
Staveley House
Stockholm Road

Tel: 01482 300 300
Text phone: 01482 300 349


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