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Do you know what can go into your wheelie bins?

Published: 17 January 2022 

At this time of year, you may have lots of rubbish or recycling from over the festive period that you need to get rid of, or maybe you’re ready for a good declutter of your home. If that’s the case, it’s important to know what items can go in each of your purple, blue or green wheelie bins.

Liverpool City Council collect your bins weekly, but if they are filled incorrectly the collection crew will not empty them. This often leads to rubbish overflowing and our environmental team or Liverpool Street Scene officers having to clean the areas. To prevent this from happening, we’ve pulled together a handy overview, so you know where to put your household rubbish.  

Purple: 

The purple bin is for general household waste that can’t be recycled. This includes:  

  • All cooked and uncooked food 
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings 
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds 
  • Waste contaminated by food (e.g., greasy cardboard pizza boxes) 

 Blue: 

The blue bin is for clean, recyclable household waste. Our top tip is to look out for recycling indicators on packaging.  

  • Glass bottles, jars and plastic bottles 
  • Cardboard, newspapers and magazines 
  • Magazines, old birthday cards and junk mail
  • Tins and cans - just make sure materials are free of food and drink residue 

Green: 

The green bin is for organic garden waste. It is only emptied seasonally so it’s worth checking the Liverpool City Council website so you know when it will next be emptied:  

  • Grass cuttings 
  • Hedge clippings 
  • Dead plants, flowers and weeds 
  • All small twigs/branches and leaves 

Start recycling 

Recycling doesn’t have to be a chore. You can start small and adopt simple ways that make a difference and that you can easily incorporate into everyday life. The more you recycle, the better it is for the environment and there are probably items that you can recycle that you didn’t think about before! 

Giveaway 

We have some recycling caddies to give away. They’re ideal for larger households with excess recycling that would usually go into your blue bin. Liverpool City Council’s collection crew will empty this fortnightly, along with your blue bin. Simply pop it outside your house as you would with your larger bins.  

Email us at getinvolved@southliverpoolhomes.co.uk if you would like to receive one.  

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