Waste A to Z

Find out what goes in which bin

You can print a copy of our what goes in which bin poster [PDF, 1.5MB]. - but to find information online, please use our accessible search function below. Please note, this poster is for printing purposes only and is therefore not accessible.

If the item you are looking for is not listed, please contact us at waste@eastcambs.gov.uk. We will advise you of the best method of disposal and add it to the online search.

wood ashAsh (wood)
Other

Wood ash can be used on your garden by adding directly to the soil around plants. 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Green lidded bin

Allow to completely cool and then bag it in a paper bag and put in your green bin. It must be bagged or it will blow out when the bin is emptied, and can be a hazard for our bin collectors.

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Cardboard
Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Green lidded bin

Small amount of cardboard can be added to green bin to stop food and garden waste sticking to the bottom and side of the bin. Please make sure there are no tape or stickers left on cardboard.

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Cardboard egg boxesCardboard egg boxes
Other
RE-USE
They biodegrade and can be used for growing seeds.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Blue lidded bin
Blue lidded bin

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Real Christmas treeChristmas trees (real)
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin

Cut up and put pieces in the bin with the lid fully closed. In January, we collect  real Christmas trees that are cut into pieces that are not higher or wider than the bin. Check you bin collection dates for the exact dates we collect in your area.

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Coffee filterCoffee filters
Other
REDUCE WASTE
avoiding coffee filter waste by using a re-usable coffee filter made of metal mesh (make sure it’s compatible with your particular coffee maker).
You could also experiment with a different method of brewing coffee that doesn’t require paper, for example a cafeteria. 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Coffee groundsCoffee grounds
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Cooking oilCooking oil
Other
NEVER POUR FATS DOWN THE DRAIN
Items wrongly flushed down the drains and fats create blockages known as fatbergs. Find out more about their impact at Anglian Water website.
 
COMPOST AT HOME / GREEN LIDDED BIN
Use kitchen towel to absorb cooled liquid fat from cooking pans and trays and If you have a home compost heap or bin you can place it there, or in your green lidded bin.
 
HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRE
Larger amounts of oil can be allowed to cool, poured into a bottle and taken to a Household Recycling Centre.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Real corkCork - real
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Pillows and duvetsDuvets and pillows
Other
If in good, clean condition with a B.S.7175 fire label, pass on via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree. Most charities will not accept them.
 
Pillows and duvets cannot be accepted in textile banks.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Compost at home
If you are a confident home composter with a large compost bin or heap, and are certain that your duvet or pillow is made from totally natural fibres (for example: 100% cotton outer with either feather or wool filling), you could compost it at home. It is likely to take a long time to break down though!

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Egg shellsEgg shells
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Cooking fat in a panFat
Other
NEVER POUR FATS DOWN THE DRAIN
Items wrongly flushed down the drains and fats create blockages known as fatbergs. Find out more about their impact at Anglian Water website.
 
COMPOST AT HOME / GREEN LIDDED BIN
Use kitchen towel to absorb cooled liquid fat from cooking pans and trays and If you have a home compost heap or bin you can place it there, or in your green lidded bin.
 
HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRE
Larger amounts of oil can be allowed to cool, poured into a bottle and taken to a Household Recycling Centre.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Food wasteFood waste
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Peaches and their stonesFruit pits or stones
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Garden wasteGarden waste
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


GrassGrass cuttings
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Hedge trimmingHedge trimmings
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Kitchen paper rollKitchen roll
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin

Small amount of kitchen paper are suitable for composting. Together with your food and garden waste, it will be turned into compost.

You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


LeavesLeaves
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Nut shellsNut shells
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Dirty pizza boxPizza box
Blue lidded bin
It's important that cardboard for recycling is fairly clean and dry. Remove any food, and tear off any parts which are greasy (the greasy cardboard and food can be put in your green lidded bin).

Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Pet beddingSawdust / wood shaving / straw pet bedding
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin

Soiled sawdust or wood shavings from rabbit/guinea pig/hamster/gerbil cages can be put in your green bin. If you have large amounts, please put in a paper bag, as the sawdust can blow out over the bin collectors when tipping the bin.

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Shredded paperShredded paper
Compost at home

Small amounts of shredded paper can be added to your home compost bin.

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin

Small amounts of shredded paper layered with food waste and garden waste can be also added to your green lidded bin. 

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Blue lidded bin
Please put shredded paper in an old envelope or paper bag to prevent it blowing out when the bin is emptied and littering the street. 
 
Materials from your blue lidded bin are sorted and turned into new products. Please put things in the bin loose and not in bags. This helps us process it.

More information on how your recycling is processed can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Tea bags and coffee groundsTea bags and coffee grounds
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Vegetable and fruit peelingsVegetable and fruit peelings
Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


WeedsWeeds
Other
Most weeds can be added to your home compost bin, if you have one. However, avoid adding those which have seeded, as well as pernicious weeds like ground elder or bindweed, which will survive the low temperatures in your heap and will then be spread around your garden when you use the compost. For more home composting tips visit Garden Organic.
 
All weeds except the particularly pernicious Japanese Knotweed can be safely put in your green lidded bin. The high temperatures the compost reaches during the municipal composting process will kill off any seeds.
 

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Compost at home
Compost at home

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website


Green lidded bin
Green lidded bin

Your food and garden waste from green lidded bin is turned into compost. You can put things straight into the green bin. You can wrap food waste in newspaper or put it in a paper bag. Please do not use biodegradable 'plastic' or corn starch bags. These do not break down quickly enough and result in extra processing costs. Your bin could also be refused collection.

More information on how the compost is made, can be found on RECAP’s website.

You can check your bin collection dates on our bin collection day page.


Household recycling centre
Household Waste Recycling Centre

Please check Cambridgeshire County Council’s website before you visit Witchford Household Recycling Centre.


Wool packaging
Compost at home

Wool packaging insulation, such as from meat deliveries, can be put in a home composter. It takes quite a long time to break down.

Composting is a natural process that turns your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient-rich food for your garden. For more information about home composting, please visit Recycle Now’s website

Wool insulation (or from jumpers) is not suitable for the green bin. This is partly because these kind of fibres can jam the shredding machinery used before composting, and also that wool can take several months to break down. The process used for green bin material takes 6-8 weeks.

If you cannot do the preferred option please see alternative options below:


Black sack
Black sack

Black sacks go through a mechanical and biological sorting process before going to landfill. Find out more about this process on RECAP's website.

You can check your waste collection dates on our bin collection day page.