Kirklees’ local recycling rules 

27 April, 2022

Kirklees’ local recycling rules 

Recycling rules are a lot like a Shakespearean play – no matter how hard you try to follow what’s going on, you end up with more questions than answers. But we’re here to change that! We’ve laid out what you can and can’t recycle, as well as some general bin rules that may have been lost in translation. With this handy guide, you’ll be a recycling genius in no time.  

According to Kirklees Council: 

Here’s what you CAN put into your recycling bins: 

Green bin: 

  • • Books – remove hardback covers first 
  • • Cardboard 
  • • Deodorant sticks 
  • • Drink cans, food tins and empty aerosol cans 
  • • Junk mail and envelopes 
  • • Newspapers and magazines 
  • • Plastic bottles with caps removed – including pop, milk and cleaning product bottles 
  • • Pots – such as yoghurt, soup and face cream pots 
  • • Telephone directories – including Yellow Page 
  • • Tubs – such as those for margarine, ice cream and laundry tablets 
  • • Trays – such as those for meat, ready meals and fruit and vegetable punnets 

Brown bin: 

  • • Grass cuttings 
  • • Tree and hedge clippings 
  • • Weeds (excluding controlled weeds such as Giant Hogweed or Japanese Knotweed) 
  • • Plants and flowers 
  • • Leaves 
  • • Twigs and bark 
  • • Small branches (under 4 inches in diameter) 

Here’s what CANNOT go into your recycling bins:  

Green bin:  

  • Blister packs for paracetamol and other medicines 
  • Clothing and textiles 
  • Drink cartons 
  • Foil 
  • Food waste 
  • Garden waste and wood 
  • Glass 
  • Hard plastics like CD cases 
  • Nappies 
  • Plastic carriers, plastic film and cling film 
  • Polystyrene including foam trays and cups 
  • Shredded paper 
  • Videotapes 

Brown bin: 

  • Soil 
  • Rubble, gravel and stones 
  • Turf 
  • Infectious plants (such as Japanese Knotweed) 
  • Plant pots (including plastic and terracotta) or plastic ties 
  • Pet bedding or pet waste (for example, from a rabbit hutch or cat litter, or dog poo) 
  • General waste 
  • Food waste 
  • Plastic bags 

As well, your council has a few extra notes to keep in mind when sorting out your waste.  

Remember, please give your food containers and plastic bottles a quick rinse (just like our milk bottles!) before you pop them in the recycling. 

When using your green bin or liner, please place your waste directly in your bin. We don’t want any plastic bags accidentally contaminating your recycling.  

Brown bins are available for garden waste collection between February and November for £45 a year. It’s the perfect way to recycle your garden waste without having to worry about visiting your household waste recycling centre.  
 
For more of Kirklees’ recycling details, just follow the link here

Where does it all go? 

Your recycling is taken to a materials recycling facility in Huddersfield where they are sorted by machine and by hand (but not into Hogwarts houses!). Each material is then sent to different reprocessing plants to be made into new products.  
 
Your garden waste is turned into organic material which is then used for a range of industrial and commercial purposes.  

We hope this helps uncomplicate your local recycling rules and makes it easier to sort through your paper and tins. We know recycling isn’t the answer to the waste crisis, but it’s a step in the right direction. Happy recycling! 

This information is up to date as of 14th April 2022.