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Household waste

Use your bin to dispose of rubbish which cannot be recycled - such as plastic bags and plastic packaging.

You should only use your household waste bin to dispose of rubbish which cannot be recycled - such as plastic bags and food waste.

Your bin is collected fortnightly.  To make sure your rubbish is collected:

  • Put your bins out before 7am on your collection day
  • Put your bins at the edge of your property, at the kerbside, with the handle facing the road
  • Put your waste in securely tied bags inside your bin - we will not collect rubbish left next to your bin
  • Make sure your bin lid is closed. 
  • Take in your bin as soon as possible after collection
You should only use your household waste bin for any rubbish that can't be recycled in your Close
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By using the kerbside recycling services, the standard refuse bin should be large enough for the waste produced by most families.
  • See everything that you can recycle at home
  • Here are some tips to reduce the amount of waste that is being produced
  • If you are recycling all that you can and still have difficulty fitting all of your waste in your bin, we can assess if you need a larger or additional one
  • In some cases we will carry out a waste audit before approving your request. All households with a larger bin will have an annual review (which may include a waste audit)
  • We will not provide a larger bin if you create more waste due to keeping pets
  • Please go to the forms menu and complete the 'Request a larger bin/container' in the 'Need Help With Your Bins' section. Click here to go to the forms menu.
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  • All waste should be bagged before it is put in your bin. We recommend that anything that may cause smells should be double-bagged (e.g. nappies, food waste, etc.)
  • To avoid flies and maggots make sure the bin lid is securely shut and store your bins out of direct sunlight in hot weather if possible
  • We also recommend you regularly clean your bins using bleach
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  • Our standard household waste bins are black 180 litre containers
  • Bins previously issued by former district councils may vary in size and colour
  • All new containers delivered will be of the council’s standard size
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Last updated: 7 November 2019 | Last reviewed: 7 November 2019