With constant changes to what can and cannot be placed in particular household waste containers, many householders are confused by what should be placed in which bin.
With the prospect of every household across the UK having seven wheelie bins each by 2024, it’s time for clarity around what does and doesn’t belong in the general waste bin.
This waste container is the bin that items get thrown into when a householder isn't sure if something is recyclable or not, but this behaviour needs to change for the environment's sake.
So, let’s dive into what can and cannot be placed in your general waste bin.
Firstly, you may be wondering which colour is used for the general waste bin. This varies around the country, but the most common colour for the general waste bin is black.
Other standard colours include blue and green.
We’ll start with the ‘do nots’ as they are arguably more important. So, what can you not put in a black bin?
Your black/general waste bin is for any waste that doesn't belong in the rest of your containers.
Every household currently has a different set of bins, depending on location, and for that reason, it isn't easy to be specific.
However, we can provide some examples.
If an item doesn't suit your mixed recycling bin, garden bin, or food waste bin, it goes in your general waste bin.
Likewise, if you have an item that doesn't belong in your paper and cardboard bin, glass bin, or garden waste bin.
In addition, your general household waste bin isn't for anything hazardous, large, or heavy.
In summary, then, these items are often not to be placed in your general waste bin:
If your black bin contains any of the above items, then your local council reserves the right to refuse to empty it.
We've looked at what you can't put in your general waste bin, but what should you put in a black bin?
‘General waste’ refers to:
If you have waste you are unsure about, then contact your local authority before placing it in a bin; placing non-recyclables in your general waste bin could ruin entire batches of recycling, and placing recyclables in your general waste bin means they aren't going to be recycled, which is terrible news for the environment.