Advice on new blue bin recycling – juice cartons

Published Wednesday 29 July 2020 at 11:03

The new blue bins for recycling paper and cardboard are now being delivered across the borough with collections starting next week.

There have been some questions about whether you can recycle juice cartons in the new bins. Here is a statement about what can go where:

Councillor Jim Smith, Executive member for Environment, said:

Due to unavoidable circumstances, we were advised of a change in the processing preference of waxed juice cartons, as the first initial batch of our new blue bins were being manufactured.

We have been reassured by our recycling contractor that waxed cartons can be recycled in both the blue and grey bins as both recycling systems allow them to be processed.  The preference is to put your waxed cartons such as juice cartons in your grey, recycling bin if possible.

The majority of our new blue bins have been embossed with the up-to-date information.

We apologise if this has caused any confusion, whilst waxed cartons account for less than 1% of the total recycling we collect, we know that providing consistent advice is important to empower residents in helping to increase our recycling rates.”

For Blackburn with Darwen’s full recycling list please visit:

What goes where?

Blue bin

  • Clean cardboard & paper only
  • No takeaway boxes
  • Don’t bag items going in the blue bin

Grey bin

  • Plastic containers, cans, bottles & jars
  • Please rinse and squash
  • No polystyrene or plastic bags
  • Don’t bag items going in the grey bin

Burgundy bin

  • Food waste, nappies, plastic bags & general waste
  • If unsure, always use the burgundy bin

Brown bin

  • Grass, weeds, branches, clippings & plants
  • Brown bins cost from just £25 per year
  • No soil, large items or general waste
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