A-Z of recycling and rubbish
Please follow the information issued by us about what you can and can't recycle, not what is written on the packaging itself.
Click on each of the letter banners below to see which items belong in your different bins. The banners will open up lists of items.
If you can't find an item you're looking for on this page, please check our recycling in Derby guide and if we think it will be helpful we will add it to the A-Z. Alternatively, if you are unsure whether an item is recyclable, please put it in your black bin.
Aerosol - blue bin
Asbestos - small amounts can be taken to Raynesway HWRC (small amounts only - please read the information on the Raynesway HWRC page before you visit or you may be turned away). The Health and Safety Executive have published information on large quantities of asbestos.
Ash (coal) - black bin
Ash (wood) - home composting
Batteries - recycling point
Biodegradable packaging - black bin
Biscuit tins (metal and plastic) - blue bin
Black bin waste (excess) - Raynesway HWRC.
Bottles (glass and all kinds of plastic, even those with non-removable lids) - blue bin
Branches (no more than 12cm thick) - brown bin
Brita water filter cartridges - Brita recycling scheme
Brown paper - blue bin
Bubble wrap - supermarket recycling point or black bin
Candles - donate or black bin
Cans - blue bin
Cardboard cans lined with metal - Raynesway HWRC
Carpet - Raynesway HWRC
Cat litter - black bin
Catalogues - blue bin
CDs and CD cases - Raynesway HWRC
Cellophane - black bin
Cereal boxes - blue bin
Chemicals (5kg or 5 litres max) - Raynesway HWRC (there are limits in place, so please check before visiting or you may be turned away)
Cigarette ends - black bin
Cling film - black bin or try reusable beeswax wraps
Clinical waste - household clinical collection service
Coat hangers (plastic with metal hook) - donate or black bin
Coat hangers (plastic) - donate or black bin
Coat hangers (metal) - Raynesway HWRC
Coffee filters (paper) - home composting.
Coffee pods - brand's recycling scheme or black bin.
Coffee pods (aluminium) - use Dualit EcoPress to remove the coffee grounds so they can go in your blue bin.
Compostable bags (must have seedling logo) - use these to collect food waste and put in your brown bin.
Cooking oil (max 5 litres each week) - Raynesway HWRC
Corks (real) - home composting
Corks (plastic) - black bin
Coronavirus tests - black bin
Cotton wool - black bin or try reusable pads.
Crisp packets - recycle at your local Co-op, Sainsbury's or Tesco put them in your black bin.
Deodorant (aerosol) - blue bin
Deodorant (roll on) - black bin or look at using a reusable or recyclable alternative.
Disposable razor blades - put these in your black bin.
DIY waste - take this to Raynesway HWRC. There are limits in place, so please check before visiting or you may be turned away.
DVD cases - take these to Raynesway HWRC.
E-cigarettes or vapes - take these to Raynesway HWRC.
Egg boxes (plastic) - blue bin
Electrical items (all types) - take these to Raynesway HWRC - do not put them in wheelie bins. Make sure you remove any personal data before disposing of them.
Engine oil (max 10 litres each week) - take this to Raynesway HWRC.
Envelopes (with or without windows) - put these in your blue bin.
Face masks - use reusable masks where possible. Put disposable masks in your black bin.
Fire extinguishers – we accept those specifically produced for household use only. Check our further information before visiting to avoid being turned away.
Flower pots - reuse or put these in your black bin.
Foil (including takeaway trays) - put it in your blue bin, but it must be clean.
Food waste (all) - put this in your brown bin.
Fruit punnets (plastic) - put these in your blue bin.
Garden furniture - donate or sell if in good condition. If broken Raynesway HWRC.
Gas cylinders/canisters - we accept limited amounts of certain domestic-type cylinders only. Check our further information before visiting to avoid being turned away.
Greaseproof paper - black bin or try reusable
Greeting cards (no glitter or foil) - blue bin
Hard plastic (for example, toys and garden furniture) - donate or sell if in good condition. If broken Raynesway HWRC.
Holiday brochures - blue bin
Hoover bag and dust - black bin
Kitchen cleaner bottles - blue bin or look at refill options
Kitchen paper towels - black bin or look at reusable alternatives
Kitchen knives (securely wrapped) - black bin
Lateral flow coronavirus tests - black bin
Latex gloves - black bin
Light bulbs (energy saving, LED, or fluorescent) - Raynesway HWRC
Light bulbs (halogen or filament) - black bin
Magazines - blue bin
Margarine tubs - blue bin
Meat/fruit/ready meal plastic trays - blue bin
Mirrors - black bin
Mobile phones - compare online mobile recyclers
Napkins/serviettes - black bin or try a reusable cloth napkin
Netting (plastic) - black bin
Newspaper - blue bin
Oil (cooking) - Raynesway HWRC (maximum 5 litres each week)
Oil (engine) - Raynesway HWRC (maximum 10 litres each week)
Paper towels - black bin or look at reusable alternatives
Pencils - black bin
Pet food pouches (with silver lining) - recycle at your local Co-op, Tesco and Sainsbury's or put in your black bin
Pet litter from meat-eating pets - black bin
Phone directories - blue bin
Photographic paper - black bin
Pizza boxes (empty, with minimal grease/sauce) - blue bin
Plasterboard - Raynesway HWRC (50kg max per week - no whole sheets)
Plastic carrier bags - supermarket recycling point or black bin
Plastic bottles (leave caps/lids on) - blue bin
Plastic film, wrappers, pouches - recycle at your local Co-op, Tesco and Sainsbury's or put in your black bin
Plastic plant pots and trays - Raynesway HWRC
Plastic pots, tubs and trays (food packaging) - blue bin
Plate glass - Raynesway HWRC
Pringles tubes (no lids) - Raynesway HWRC
Post-it notes - black bin
Sanitary products (wrapped) - black bin or look at reusable alternatives
Scrap metal - Raynesway HWRC
Seed trays - Raynesway HWRC
Sellotape - black bin or use paper alternatives that can be recycled with the paper and cardboard.
Shower curtain - black bin.
Soil and rubble - Raynesway HWRC
Sponges (plastic) - black bin
Sticky labels and backing paper - black bin
Straws - black bin or look at reusable alternatives
Styrofoam - black bin
Syringes (sharp) - household clinical waste service
Tablet packets (cardboard) - blue bin
Tetra paks (cartons) - blue bin
Timber and wood (for example, chipboard and MDF) - Raynesway HWRC (there are limits in place - please check before visiting)
Tins - blue bin
Tissues - black bin or look at reusable washable alternatives.
Toothpaste tubes - black bin
Toys (hard plastic) - donate or sell if in good condition. If broken Raynesway HWRC.
Trays (plastic food trays, ready meals) - blue bin
Tubs (margarine, butter) - blue bin
Tupperware - black bin
Tyres - Raynesway HWRC (four each week max)
Wallpaper - black bin
Washing up bowl - Raynesway HWRC
Wax crayons - black bin
Weeds - brown bin
Wet wipes (cleaning, baby, makeup) - black bin or look at reusable washable wipes. Do not flush.
Window frames - Raynesway HWRC
Window glass - Raynesway HWRC
Wood (treated) - Raynesway HWRC
Woodchip wallpaper - black bin