Recycling and Waste Advice Print
What you can do now

The average household in Wrexham produces over 1 tonnes of waste every year, of which a large percentage is currently disposed of by landfill. But by making a few simple changes, this amount can be significantly reduced:

Check that all family members are aware of the recycling scheme, to ensure that no recyclables accidentally end up in the rubbish bin.Check that you have enough recycling containers.Look to see whether any further materials could be removed from the bin. For example, cardboard can be taken to the cardboard bank behind the Community Centre. Get a compost bin to reduce the amount of food waste that is put in the bin.Try to select goods with less packaging.

What items can you put in the green recycling box?

Plastic drinks bottles (squash, pop, juice, etc.) plastic milk bottles, fabric softener bottles, shampoo bottles, drinks cans, food cans including pet food tins, aerosols, glass bottles (wine, beer, etc.) jars (jam, pasta sauce, etc.), foil (scrunched into a ball) and foil trays.

All of the above must be washed out before putting in the box.

What do you NOT put in the green recycling box?

Broken glass, drinking glasses, glass dishes, Pyrex glass, yoghurt pots, ready meal trays, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs, bottle tops, cardboard.

What can I put in the grey caddy and the green bin?
  • Fruit and veg. (raw and cooked),
  • meat and fish (raw and cooked),
  • bones and egg shells,
  • rice, pasta, cereals and noodles,
  • bread, cakes, pastries and biscuits,
  • tea bags and coffee grounds,
  • cheese, eggs and yogurts,
  • beans, nuts, pulses & seeds,
  • uneaten food from your plate,
  • corrugated cardboard,
  • grass, leaves, twigs, branches, hedge cuttings, cut flowers,
  • weeds/plants with as little soil attached as possible. Do not include any soil, compost, stones/rocks


  • plastic bags
  • glass
  • cans
  • paper
  • plastic bottles
  • pet litter
  • cooking oil
  • foil
  • any packaging
What can I put in the blue sack?
  • Newspapers,
  • magazines,
  • catalogues (remove the outside covers),
  • junk mail,
  • white paged phone books and Yellow page,
  • cardboard packaging


  • foil greeting cards
  • envelopes
  • corrugated cardboard
  • plastic bags
  • food & drink cartons
  • food contaminated card


What goes in the general wheelie bin?

All remaining household waste including non-recyclables.

Wrexham Council encourages everyone to dispose of their waste responsibly to ensure that Wrexham stays a great place to live.

Reducing waste and recycling is important, because it stops materials from going to landfill, reduces pollution and saves natural resources and energy.

For full details of waste handling in our area go to the Wrexham Council's Recycle with Michael website.


If you already compost at home, keep going. Composters are available to buy from:

Pride In Your Streets on 01978 298989 or e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Waste Awareness Wales

Reducing, reusing and recycling materials will make a real difference to the current and future environment… and its so easy!

The Welsh Assembly Government has funded Waste Awareness Wales since 2002 to provide official information to the public about managing materials and resources more sustainably, and reducing waste.

Help your packaging, papers, DIY goods, unwanted appliances / furniture and everything else you can think of be reused or recycled.

Click the title to go to the website.