Blue bin collections

Most people in Trafford recycle, but we need everyone to recycle the correct items in the right bin. The number of wrong items put in blue bins is increasing and we need your help. There are now so may wrong items in blue bins, that they cannot be picked out at the sorting centre.


From January 2020 to August 2021, 778 tonnes of what was collected in blue bins could not be recycled because too many of the wrong items were placed inside.


This cost the taxpayer an additional £70,020 in disposal costs – money which could be used to support other public services.

Some of the items included paper kitchen towel and tissues, electrical waste, cakes and other food still in their cardboard boxes and dirty nappies stuffed into empty cereal boxes.

What happens if there are wrong items in the blue bin?

In an effort to tackle contamination of blue recycling bins, our waste crews are checking to see if they contain the correct items. If the bin contains the wrong items, a bin tag will be left on the handle of the bin and will not be emptied. If your bin is tagged, please remove any wrong items from the blue bin and present it on your next scheduled blue bin day.

Please only recycle paper and card in your blue bin. Below you will find a list of what can be recycled in blue bins and a copy of a recycling guide which can be downloaded.

Which items can be recycled in the blue bin?

  • Paper and newspapers
  • Magazines and catalogues
  • Books
  • Cardboard
  • Card packaging
  • Food and drink cartons (Tetrapac)
  • Greetings cards
  • Wrapping paper (not foil based)
  • Envelopes and mail
  • Junk mail


Download your recycling guide to help you recycle right.

Your paper and card bin is collected every four weeks. Your bin should be available for collection from the edge of your property or your collection point, from 6:30am on the day of collection.

We will not empty bins that contain the following

  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene
  • Wrapping film
  • Glass, jars and bottles
  • Food and drink cans
  • Garden or food waste
  • Paper tissues and paper towels

Bags of waste presented to the side of the bin will not be collected. If you do have extra recycling, please take this to your local household waste recycling centre.

To find out what to do with specific items visit the A-Z on the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.