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What happens to the recycling I put in my blue bin?

Recycling your household paper, cans, cardboard, cartons and rigid plastic packaging couldn't be easier! Follow the steps below to find out how your dry mixed recycling is collected and sorted before it goes to the recycling market.

Examples of the kinds of dry mixed materials that can be easily recycled in your blue-lidded bin

Examples of the kinds of dry mixed materials that can be easily recycled in your blue-lidded bin

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All tins, cans, sweety tins & aerosol cans can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin. Give food & drink cans a quick rinse before recycling.

All tins, cans, sweety tins & aerosol cans can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin. Give food & drink cans a quick rinse before recycling.

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Yoghurt pots, butter tubs, meat trays, bakery trays & plastic bottles can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin

Yoghurt pots, butter tubs, meat trays, bakery trays & plastic bottles can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin

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Washing & squashing plastic bottles helps to make extra room in your blue-lidded bin. Place tops back on flattened bottles

Washing & squashing plastic bottles helps to make extra room in your blue-lidded bin. Place tops back on flattened bottles

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All paper including envelopes, catalogues, directories, office paper, newspaper, non-metallic gift wrap & cardboard can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin

All paper including envelopes, catalogues, directories, office paper, newspaper, non-metallic gift wrap & cardboard can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin

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It can help to store mixed recycling in an internal bag or recycling bin to save on making multiple trips outside to your blue-lidded bin

It can help to store mixed recycling in an internal bag or recycling bin to save on making multiple trips outside to your blue-lidded bin

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Transfer mixed recycling materials into your blue-lidded bin (no plastic bags or glass)

Transfer mixed recycling materials into your blue-lidded bin (no plastic bags or glass)

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Present your blue-lidded bin at the kerbside by 7:30am on your scheduled collection day

Present your blue-lidded bin at the kerbside by 7:30am on your scheduled collection day

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Your household can present up to two blue-lidded recycling bins for uplift on your collection day

Your household can present up to two blue-lidded recycling bins for uplift on your collection day

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Dry Mixed Recycling lorries tip their contents into the tipping hall at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

Dry Mixed Recycling lorries tip their contents into the tipping hall at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)

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A bucket loader takes mixed feedstock from the tipping hall and places it into the hopper which sends it up the MRF conveyor belt

A bucket loader takes mixed feedstock from the tipping hall and places it into the hopper which sends it up the MRF conveyor belt

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Machines are used to sort much of the material, but large cardboard and contamination is removed by hand

Machines are used to sort much of the material, but large cardboard and contamination is removed by hand

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Paper is the last to be removed and drops off the picking line belt. From here it is transported loose to the recycling market

Paper is the last to be removed and drops off the picking line belt. From here it is transported loose to the recycling market

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The sorted materials are sent by type along a further conveyor belt to be baled (picture of plastics being sent to baler)

The sorted materials are sent by type along a further conveyor belt to be baled (picture of plastics being sent to baler)

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The baling machine compacts sorted materials to prepare it for transportation to the recycling market

The baling machine compacts sorted materials to prepare it for transportation to the recycling market

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Bales of aluminium cans, steel cans and rigid plastic containers awaiting transportation

Bales of aluminium cans, steel cans and rigid plastic containers awaiting transportation

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Bales of cardboard awaiting transporation

Bales of cardboard awaiting transporation

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A guide to using your Dry Mixed Recycling Service is available online

A guide to using your Dry Mixed Recycling Service is available online

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Examples of the kinds of dry mixed materials that can be easily recycled in your blue-lidded bin
All tins, cans, sweety tins & aerosol cans can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin. Give food & drink cans a quick rinse before recycling.
Yoghurt pots, butter tubs, meat trays, bakery trays & plastic bottles can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin
Washing & squashing plastic bottles helps to make extra room in your blue-lidded bin. Place tops back on flattened bottles
All paper including envelopes, catalogues, directories, office paper, newspaper, non-metallic gift wrap & cardboard can be recycled in your blue-lidded bin
It can help to store mixed recycling in an internal bag or recycling bin to save on making multiple trips outside to your blue-lidded bin
Transfer mixed recycling materials into your blue-lidded bin (no plastic bags or glass)
Present your blue-lidded bin at the kerbside by 7:30am on your scheduled collection day
Your household can present up to two blue-lidded recycling bins for uplift on your collection day
Dry Mixed Recycling lorries tip their contents into the tipping hall at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF)
A bucket loader takes mixed feedstock from the tipping hall and places it into the hopper which sends it up the MRF conveyor belt
Machines are used to sort much of the material, but large cardboard and contamination is removed by hand
Paper is the last to be removed and drops off the picking line belt. From here it is transported loose to the recycling market
The sorted materials are sent by type along a further conveyor belt to be baled (picture of plastics being sent to baler)
The baling machine compacts sorted materials to prepare it for transportation to the recycling market
Bales of aluminium cans, steel cans and rigid plastic containers awaiting transportation
Bales of cardboard awaiting transporation
A guide to using your Dry Mixed Recycling Service is available online

For a more in depth look at what happens to your recycling, watch our short film taking you on the journey from your home to the recycling plant.

Please use our waste and recycling collection date finder to find out if your property receives a dry mixed recycling (blue-lidded bin) collection service. You can also find out about how to order a blue-lidded bin.

Contaminating your recycling

All householders with access to a blue recycling bin should only be placing paper, cardboard, cartons, cans, tins and plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays and punnets in their containers. Please remember to rinse and flatten all recycling, and place in the bin loose.

Please do not put any of the following in the recycling bins:

  • plastic bags
  • polythene
  • plastic film
  • crisp or sweet packets
  • foil
  • food or food contaminated packaging (including pizza boxes and fast food containers)
  • nappies
  • clothes
  • shoes 
  • glass
  • tissues, paper towels or kitchen roll

Do not leave bags in front, at the sides or on top of any bins as they will not be uplifted.

A brief guide to kerbside services is also available in icon Bulgarian [118Kb], icon Polish [131Kb] and icon Romanian [125Kb]. Please contact the Waste Team on the details at the bottom of this page should you require another language.

Trading Standards Advice - Protect your identity

Before you recycle documents which contain your personal information, please remember to shred them.  In particular protect your account numbers, passwords, PINs, signatures,  date of birth and your name and address.

Contact details

Waste and recycling

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476476