Which bin is which? – Elmbridge

If you live in a house you may notice differences in bin colours as new bins are phased in when old ones need replacing. To help, you can identify the purpose of each bin here.

If you live in a flat your bins may be different. More details can be found on our collections from flats page.

Recycling bins

These bins are for recycling only.


Blue lid and black body
New bin colours that are being phased in


Blue lid and green body
Existing recycling bins


Garden waste bins

These bins are available to garden waste collection subscribers, for garden waste only.


Brown lid and black body
New bin colours that are being phased in


Brown lid and green body
Existing garden waste bins


Rubbish bins

These bins are for rubbish that can’t be recycled.


Black lid and black body
New bin colours that are being phased in


Green lid and green body
Existing rubbish bins


Green outdoor food waste bin

The outdoor food waste bin has food waste collected from it. A smaller silver indoor kitchen caddy accompanies the outside bin to collect food waste in your home, which can then be emptied into the outdoor caddy regularly. The colour of new and existing bins are the same.