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What Goes In My Blue Bin

More and more residents are recycling their dry recyclable materials in their blue bin, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill and minimising their impact on the environment. 

The following items can be recycled in your blue bin:

Plain sheets of paper (remember to remove any staples or clips) 

Egg boxes (cardboard)

Envelopes (except for envelopes with a plastic lining or bubble wrap inner)

Plain greetings cards (embellished or foiled cards should go in the black bin)


Clean cardboard (flatten it to make space)

Food boxes (flatten to make space)

Toilet & kitchen roll tubes 

Empty aerosols

Drink cans

Foil trays (give them a quick rinse)

Tin foil (give it a quick rinse)

Food cans, biscuits tins and aluminium sweet tins (give them a quick rinse)

Plastic bottles and empty cleaning bottles

Plastic pots and tubs (give them a quick rinse and stack them to save space)

Plastic food trays (give them a quick rinse)
Polystyrene trays should be placed in black bin

Milk cartons (give them a quick rinse and flatten to save space)

Juice cartons (give them a quick rinse and flatten to save space)

Food cartons (give them a quick rinse and flatten to make save space)

If you are unsure if an item can be recycled in your blue bin, or if you have a query about your collection, please contact Waste Management Team on T. 028 9034 0056 or E. waste@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

The following items are not permitted in your blue bin:


 Plastic bags, plastic film, plastic packaging


 Food or garden waste


 Syringes and sharps

 Wrapping paper

 Shredded paper

 Embellished paper or card

 General waste 

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