+ Do you know what to put in your recycling bin?

No matter where you live in Norfolk, you can put the same items in your household recycling bin.


Norfolk’s recycling service accepts a wide range of materials right from your home.

Just remember our 3 simple rules:

  • Clean – give your items a quick rinse. Any food or liquid could contaminate other recycling
  • Dry – wet items can also contaminate other recycling
  • Don’t Bag It – don’t put carrier bags or sacks inside your recycling bin. Bags cannot be opened at the sorting facility



+ Paper

  • Newspapers and magazinesmixed_paper
  • White and coloured paper
  • Greetings cards (without glitter)
  • Envelopes (including ones with windows, but not ones with bubble wrap padding)
  • Junk mail (remove from any plastic packaging)
  • Clean paper bags
  • Telephone directories, yellow pages, store directories and catalogues
  • Clean wrapping paper (without glitter or cellotape)
  • Shredded paper (please make sure this is put in your bin loosely and not in bags)

+ Cardboard

  • Cereal boxescardboard
  • Egg boxes
  • Cardboard tubes (poster, kitchen and toilet roll tubes)
  • Cardboard packaging and carrier trays (like fruit and vegetable trays)
  • Cardboard sleeves
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Clean food packaging card (including  with plastic windows such as pre-packed sandwiches)

+ Cartons

  • cartonsClean food and drink cartons (including Tetra Pak cartons for milk, juices, smoothies and soups)

Please make sure your cartons are empty and rinsed out and remove any lids as we cannot recycle them

+ Aluminium and steel tins, cans and aerosols

  • Clean steel and aluminium food tins and drink cansaerosols_rgb_port3food_drink_pxx_port3.8fa9bd5c [Converted]
  • Clean pet food tins

Please make sure your tins and cans are empty and rinsed out

  • Empty aerosol cans (including personal and beauty product aerosols, cleaning products and domestic insecticides (such as fly-spray aerosols)

Please remove any lids as these cannot be recycled

+ Aluminium foil

  • foil_rgb_port3 foil_trays_rgb_port3Clean aluminium foil
  • Clean foil trays (like ones used for ready meals and take away food)

Please rinse or wipe your foil trays out

Please don’t put aluminium foil laminate pouches (like those used for cat and dog food) in your recycling bin as we cannot recycle them

+ Glass

  • Clean bottle and jar-shaped glass food and drink containersmixed_glass_rgb_port3

You can leave the lids or tops on, but please make sure your bottles and jars are empty and rinsed out

Please do not put any other types of glass (like Pyrex, mirror or window glass) in your recycling bin as we cannot recycle them

+ Plastic bottles (rigid plastic)


  • Plastic food and drink bottles
  • Personal care/beauty products (like shampoo and shower gel)
  • Household cleaning products (such as bleach and floor cleaner)
  • Trigger spray and pump spray bottles (like kitchen or bathroom cleaner)
  • Household cooking and food oil bottles
  • Roller-ball bottles
  • Empty medication/pill bottles

You can leave the lids or tops on, but please make sure your bottles are empty and rinsed out

+ Plastic tubs, pots and trays (rigid plastic)

  • Plastic_Pack_Film_port_3 [Converted]Clean food containers including yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs and fruit punnets
  • Clean food trays used for fruits, vegetables, raw and cooked meat and fish
  • Clean pots including ones used for custards, creams, fresh sauces and gravies
  • Clean ready meal plastic containers (including black plastic trays)

Please ensure your plastic pots, tubs and trays are empty and rinsed out.

Plastic lids can be left on, but cellophane lids and cling film need to be removed as we cannot recycle these


+ Little Bit of Love

Click the image below to download our helpful household guide about recycling at home