I wish to help inform residents and readers as to what can be and what can not be recycled in the respective household bins in Solihull. I feel that some residents are still unsure as to what goes in the different bins and may not recognise the rationale behind the reasons.

I have attached here a ‘Guide to your Recycling and waste Services’ – Service_Guide_Waste_and_Recycling

I feel that it is usually the BROWN bin that may not be emptied and when I go around the ward and see brown bins that not have been collected I try to have a quick peek to see why. I always find the reasons shown on the hanger (which details why the bin has not been emptied) is correct. It may therefore be useful to specify what should not go in the brown bin. One regular reason, and one that I continually have a go at my grown up kids for, is cellophane attached to cardboard containers. We must get used to removing these from the cardboard packaging and place the cellophane in the black bin.  I know it’s a pain but the prime reason for doing this is to make sure the quality of paper is of sufficient standard to get any revenue for the material we can expect.  Any contamination may mean defaults in payments and fees. This is one of the reasons why Solihull does not collect glass with the other items; any smashed glass will render the quality of paper pretty worthless and therefore incur an economic cost to the council.

Recycling Poster

The following items CAN be recycled in the Brown bin and will be collected: 

  • newspapers, magazines, telephone directories, catalogues
  • junk mail, envelopes, greeting cards
  • shredded paper (please place inside a used envelope or wrap in newspaper)
  • cardboard food boxes and egg boxes
  • toilet or kitchen inner cardboard rolls
  • corrugated card
  • food and drink cartons such as juice, milk and soup
  • household plastics such as drinks bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning bottles, make-up cleanser bottles and washing up liquid bottles
  • food and drink cans/tins
  • metal caps and lids
  • food trays and tubs (e.g. fruit punnets, trays from microwave meals)
  • yogurt pots
  • aerosol cans
  • clean foil

It is important to note that Brown recycling bins containing the following items WILL NOT be emptied: 

  • plastic carrier bags
  • crisp packets
  • cellophane
  • polystyrene
  • plant pots
  • food
  • glass
  • tissues and kitchen roll
  • household waste
  • cards with glitter or foil
  • nappies
  • metal i.e. cutlery or paint tins
  • hard plastics i.e. CDs, DVDs, toys or sweet tubs
  • clothes or textiles
  • wallpaper
  • Venetian blinds
  • watering cans
  • Christmas trees
  • jewellery boxes
  • bedding
  • wood
  • kitchen utensils
  • computer equipment

More information can be found on the council website with and A to Z section via: –

What happens to my recycling? More information can be found on the relevant web page and the detailed designation register from last year can be read here:

In addition, most, if not all, Mini Recycling Centres will be removed in the coming months. The rationale behind this decision can be read in the report that went to Councillors in September. Para 4 reveals the cost of recycling and challenges any myths that recycling makes a lot of money. It used to be the case but it seems that over supply has really affected prices. The report can be read here: Mini Recycling Centre


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