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Household waste

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

Household waste

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
  • Please don't put in any items that can be recycled in your black box, blue-lidded plastic bottles and cardboard bin or garden waste bin – see Kerbside recycling
  • Do not put in batteries, household and garden chemicals or gas bottles
  • Electrical appliances or equipment (WEEE)
  • Bulky household waste and large items - see large item collection
  • Clinical or infectious waste and sharps - see hazardous and clinical waste
  • Hazardous items such as asbestos - see hazardous and clinical waste
  • Oil-based paint,, oil drums, or petrol cans - see hazardous and clinical waste
  • Construction or demolition waste
  • You can take many of these items to any household recycling centre or use our large item collection service for items too big for your bin
  • Bagged excess household waste that cannot fit into your wheeled bin can be taken to any household recycling centre
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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 complete the form on the New and replacement bins page if you feel you need a larger bin.
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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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If you find it difficult to put out your rubbish and recycling bins or bags, you can apply for an assisted collection by calling us on 0300 456 0102. Close

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Last updated: 1 August 2018 | Last reviewed: 1 August 2018