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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 about 50 per cent of your waste.

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 

Hull City Council’s recycling contractor is currently experiencing high levels of incorrect materials entering the recycling plant.

Because of this our blue bin crews have to be extra vigilant in identifying unacceptable materials.

To educate residents and increase the quality of recycling collected we have placed stickers on the lids of all blue bins detailing the top four items that contaminate Hull’s blue bins.
These are:

  • 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.

Find out more about what can go in your black bin 

Please contact us if you 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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