Our contamination policy helps you to identify the types of waste are allowed and also not allowed in each type of container. This ensures that your waste does not become contaminated and your waste can be collected without contamination problems.

If you have further questions regarding our contamination policy, please call our dedicated customer services team on 0800 601 601 or complete an online enquiry form.

Material/Container type What's Allowed What's Not
Asbestos

Whole cement bonded asbestos sheets with any broken sheets to be double bagged before going into the container.Fibrous asbestos to be double bagged in UN approved bags (not to be placed in the same skip as cement bonded asbestos)

Clean dry Cardboard

Only clean dry cardboard

Clean Dry Paper

Where a grade has been specified then all paper must meet this

Clean Recyclable Timber Grade A

Untreated softwoods, softwood packaging (pallets, crates and reels) and hardwoods

No treated wood or MDF

Confidential Waste

Either clean dry confidential paper orother confidential material for destruction

Dry Mixed Recyclate
  • Paper – e.g. dry paper waste, newspapers, office paper and magazines
  • Cardboard – e.g. corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes and card
  • Metal cans – e.g. clean, empty drinks cans and food tins
  • Plastic – e.g. packaging films, rinsed out milk bottles, empty drinks bottles & clean salad trays, rinsed out margarine tubs & microwaveable meal trays

N.B. Only clear sacks can be used

  • Black bags (because our drivers cannot see if it is recyclable material in the bag)
  • Waxed paper cups (takeaway cups from most high street coffee chains)
  • Crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • Food and canteen waste
  • Liquids
  • Polystyrene
  • Glass and ceramics
  • Wood
  • Textiles or lengths of strapping
  • Hard and rigid plastics (e.g. window frames, pipes, drums or other bulky non-compactable plastic items)
  • Containers with any residue of food or hazardous material (e.g. paint tins or bleach bottles)
Food

Food waste which may include only packaging in direct contact with the food. For loose food waste this may be a clear bag

No black bags. Only food waste

General Waste for Exchange Modes

Non-hazardous waste

Any waste electronic or electrical equipment, batteries, gas bottles, fluorescent tubes, paint tins, mattresses, plasterboard, asbestos or other hazardous material, animal-by-products, clinical, nappy or sanitary waste

General Waste for Trade Waste, Bag Collections & Front End Loaders

Non-hazardous waste

Any waste electronic or electrical equipment, batteries, gas bottles, fluorescent tubes, paint tins, hazardous waste, animal-by-products, clinical, nappy or sanitary waste, kennel waste, liquids, timber, rubble, large pieces of metal or other bulky waste

Glass

Clean, empty mixed container glass e.g. bottles and jars

No pyrex, drinking glasses, plates or other ceramics, window glass, window-screens. no black bags

Green Waste

Plant material, with only soil and stones attached to roots

No bagged waste or invasive species i.e. Japanese Knotweed.

Inert Waste

Waste such as rubble, aggregates and sub soil etc.

Any other non-inert waste

Metals - all grades

Where a type of metal has been specified then all metals must meet this.

Nothing hazardous.

Segregated Plastic

Where a type and grade has been specified this all plastics must meet this.

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