Use your bin to dispose of rubbish that cannot be recycled.
Items which should go in the household waste bin
You should only use your household waste bin to dispose of rubbish which cannot be recycled - such as plastic bags, plastic packaging 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 can view a personalised waste collection schedule for your address online:
You should only use your household waste bin for any rubbish that can't be recycled in your black recycling box, blue-lidded wheeled recycling bin or garden waste bin.
- Please don't put in any items that can be recycled in your black box, blue-lidded plastics 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
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
- To request a larger bin, please go to our waste and recycling services, and complete the 'Request a larger bin/container' form under the 'Additional services' section at the bottom of the page. You will need to create an account, and have a valid email address, to use this service.
- 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 sun light in hot weather if possible
- We also recommend you regularly clean your bins using bleach
- 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
If you find it difficult to put out your rubbish and recycling bins or bags, you can apply online for an assisted collection or by calling us on 0300 456 0102.