Rubbish_and_recycling_bins_(trash_cans)_in_New_ZealandMost houses have a big wheelie bin for recycling and a smaller wheelie bin for general rubbish. These bins are collected on dates provided by your local council.

Tops Day Nurseries Head Office is based in Bournemouth, and we have 3 nurseries in the surrounding area. Using Bournemouth as an example, over 60% of household waste can be recycled, meaning 91% of household rubbish had to be diverted from landfill. This statistic is considerably high, and similar across the country purely because of the misconception of what can actually be recycled. To support local Councils, here are a list of things to recycle and things to put in general waste.

Recycling General waste
Yes please! No thank you Yes Please! No thank you
Newspaper & magazines

Writing paper

Greeting cards

Wrapping paper

Junk mail




Food & drink cartons and cans

Metal lids from jars and bottles

Household aerosol cans

Large tins

Bottles and jars

Plastic bottles

Fruit punnets

Yogurt pots

Meat trays

Ice cream and margarine containers

Plastic lids


Wet paper & cardboard

Laminated paper

Paper towels



Industrial aerosols

Electrical appliances



Drinking glasses

Window or mirror glass

Light bulbs

Plastic films and wrap

Plastic bags

Crisp packets


CD or DVD cases


Food waste

Garden waste


Pet waste/litter



Plastic film or wrapping

Disposable nappies

Medical or sanitary waste


Pet waste

Cold ashes

Wet paper / cardboard


















Heavy building waste

Heavy garden waste

Hot ashes

Clinical waste

Hazardous waste (paint)

Commercial waste


















*Based on Bournemouth Borough Council
In the event your bins are missed during a collection, contact your local council to rearrange a collection. Extra recycling should be collected from a cardboard box put alongside your bin on collection day. Having said this, extra rubbish will not be collected if left on top of, next to or overflowing from your general waste bin.

Recycling makes the most of our valuable resources and reduces the number of materials that are wasted. Did you know a food tin can be recycled and put back on a shops shelf within 6 weeks?