Wigan’s local recycling rules 

18 March, 2022

Wigan’s local recycling rules 

Recycling rules are a lot like navigating public transport on a hangover – confusing, frustrating, and a little bit overwhelming. 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.  

According to Wigan Council: 

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

Blue bin / white sack: 

  • • Office paper 
  • • Junk mail 
  • • Catalogues, brochures, directories 
  • • Newspapers and magazines 
  • • Envelopes 
  • • Greeting cards (without glitter) 
  • • Cardboard 
  • • Kitchen and loo roll tubes 

Brown bin: 

  • • Cans, tins, empty aerosols 
  • • Glass bottles and jars 
  • • Plastic bottles 
  • • Yogurt pots 
  • • Household plastic pots and tubes 
  • • Aluminium foil 

Green bin / green caddy: 

  • • Grass, leaves, twigs 
  • • Small branches 
  • • Bread and pastries 
  • • Egg shells 
  • • Dairy (like cheese and yogurt) 
  • • Raw and cooked fish and meat (including bones) 
  • • Fruit and vegetables 
  • • Teabags and coffee grounds 
  • • Leftover food 

Here’s what CANNOT go into your recycling bins: 

Blue bin/white sack: 

  • Nappies 
  • Sanitary products 
  • Food 
  • Plastic bags, wrappers, and trays 
  • Polystyrene 
  • Hardback and paperback books 
  • Crisp packets 
  • Wallpaper 
  • Greeting cards with glitter 

Brown bin: 

  • Plastic bags, wrapping, and film 
  • Coat hangers 
  • Plant pots 
  • Furniture and toys 
  • Food 
  • Nappies  
  • Sanitary products 
  • Foil type food sachets 
  • Coffee pods 
  • Electrical items 
  • Hosepipes, wires 
  • Wine and beverage glasses 
  • Windowpane glass 

Green bin/green caddy: 

  • Cardboard 
  • Branches larger than 15cm in diameter 
  • Soil 
  • Rubber 
  • Food packaging 
  • Liquid oils and fat 
  • Liquid dairy products like milk, cream, or yogurt 
  • Plastic bags 

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

When disposing of your food waste, it can go directly into your green bins, so you don’t have to worry about always having compostable liners on hand. Your council should also supply you with a small, silver kitchen caddy to make disposing food waste clean and easy. 

For more of Wigan Council’s recycling details, just follow the link here.     

We hope this helps uncomplicate your local recycling rules and makes it easier to sort through your waste. 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 16th March 2022.