Leave It Loose

Recycling Loves to be Left Loose

The ‘RECYCLING LOVES TO BE LEFT LOOSE’ initiative concentrates on residents’ CONFUSION on what to recycle, and CONTAMINATION in recycling collections.


  • This means that the wrong things are being put in the recycling bin – and if there is enough of those wrong items, then the bin can’t be recycled – and all that effort that you as a resident have put in will be lost.
  • Contamination can also include things like recyclable items that have been bagged and put in the bin, or even just normal waste being put in the recycling bin.
  • We can’t sort or separate bagged recyclables and can’t remove normal waste from recycling bins.
  • In fact – no bin liners, plastic bags or refuse sacks of any kind.
  • The bags also damage equipment and increase the costs of dealing with your waste.
  • Please remember recycling loves to be left loose… and please don’t mix your recycling with any normal waste.
  • Putting bags and normal waste in recycling collections is a waste of your time and effort – and means we can’t recycle.
  • Keep it simple – just lift the lid and put it in!


  • There is a lot of confusion about what can and can’t be recycled in your recycling bin.
  • We know that most things that we throw away will have logos and instructions saying that it can be recycled.
  • BUT  – here in the Liverpool City Region there is a strict list of what CAN and CAN’T be put into your recycling bin – and then be recycled.
  • These are all of the items that can be placed in your recycling bin.*

*If you live in St Helens this list varies – please go to this page for more information


CANS AND TINS: Ensure cans and tins are empty and free of food and liquids. Metal lids can be placed inside the tin or can. Do not crush or flatten cans and tins

  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins (fruit, soup, beans etc.)

CARD: Ensure cardboard is free from sticky and parcel tape, labels, staples and remove all plastic packaging and polystyrene. Please flatten boxes.

  • cardboard boxes
  • cardboard packaging
  • cereal boxes
  • corrugated card
  • egg boxes (card)
  • greeting cards
  • pizza boxes (clean – no grease or food)
  • toilet roll tubes
  • washing powder boxes
  • cardboard food packaging (remove the plastic windows)


  • catalogues (no hard covers)
  • envelopes (you don’t need to remove the plastic window)
  • newspapers
  • junk mail (removed from any plastic bags)
  • magazines (removed from any plastic bags)
  • writing paper
  • telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • wrapping paper (no foil or glitter)
  • soap and toothpaste boxes

GLASS JARS AND BOTTLES: Ensure that jars and bottles are rinsed and free from food and liquids. Glass should not be smashed or broken.

  • food jars and metal lids
  • cosmetic bottles (glass)
  • glass drinks bottles and (metal tops can be put back on)
  • medicine bottles (glass) metal jar lids and bottle tops

PLASTIC BOTTLES: Ensure that plastic bottles are rinsed and free from liquids. Do not crush or flatten plastic bottles. Plastic bottle lids and tops can be left on .

  • fabric conditioner bottles
  • plastic bottle tops
  • shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • plastic drinks bottles (including milk bottles)
  • bleach and cleaner bottles (remove spray or pump tops and lids)
  • cosmetics bottles (plastic)
  • medicine bottles (plastic)