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What goes in what bin?

Together at St Helens Borough Council we can get our recycling right.

St Helens Borough recycles
Recycling is really important to the environment; it helps to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and helps tackle climate change. It also helps to reduce the need for new products to be made from raw materials that we sometimes see on the shelves when we do our shopping. You can help do your bit by taking part in recycling. 

Please make sure you put the correct items in your containers - the guide below will help you. Sometimes the wrong thing ends up in the incorrect container; this will contaminate it, and can result in your recycling not being taken on your collection day. You can order containers online.

What you do really makes a difference. We have come a long way way but there is still room to grow. Thank you for taking part!


Green bin

Fortnightly collection. This is seasonal, you can subscribe to the service here.

green bin photo

You can put these items in your green bin:

  • Grass cuttings/leaves
  • Flowers/plants/weeds
  • Privet/hedge clippings
  • Small branches and twigs

Please do not put these items in your green bin; it will be contaminated and will not be emptied:

  • Cardboard
  • Food waste
  • Plastic
  • Soil


Brown bin

Fortnightly collection

Brown bin


You can put these items in your brown bin:

  • General non-recyclable household waste


Please do not put these in your brown bin; you can put them in your recycling containers:

  • Any recyclable materials
  • Food waste
  • Garden waste



Recycling containers

Weekly collection

All the items in the picture can be recycled - take a look:

all recyclable items

All Recycling containers


What goes into my black box?

What goes into my blue bag?

What goes into my pink/white bag?

What goes into my food caddy?