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Household rubbish collections

Your household rubbish will be collected every 2 weeks.

Depending on your circumstances, each household has been allocated one of the following two options:

  • standard: 140 litre black rubbish bin
  • bag and box: 2 authorised blue sacks per fortnight

There is a charge of £12.50 per year for authorised blue sacks. Please use our online form to request sacks.

Disposing of your lateral flow testing kit at home

With many people now taking lateral flow tests for COVID-19 at home, please follow our advice on how to safely dispose of your used testing kit:

  • place all of the items from the test and the plastic packaging into the bag provided and then put into your general waste bin for disposal - it cannot be recycled. This applies whether the test result is positive or negative
  • if there are disposable gloves and masks in the test kit, these cannot be recycled either and should be put in with your general waste
  • all the cardboard packaging and information leaflet that the test came with can be put in your recycling bin.

Using your bin

  • put your bin out for collection by 6am on your collection day
  • make sure the bin is at the edge of your property, where the waste collection team can see it from the road and collect it easily
  • make sure your bin lid is closed
  • don’t put out any extra rubbish bags for collection
  • if your bin is too heavy to be wheeled to the back of our collection vehicle then we can’t empty it
  • take your bin back to your property as soon as possible after the collection

What you can put in your household rubbish

  • disposable nappies
  • plastic film and polystyrene
  • broken glass (wrapped in paper)
  • cold ashes
  • pet waste (including cat litter)
  • medical and sanitary waste
  • disposable razors (wrapped in paper)
  • tissues and paper towels
  • foil based wrapping paper

What you cannot put in your household rubbish

  • garden waste
  • recycling (use recycling bin or box)
  • food waste (use brown food waste container)
  • hot ashes
  • clinical (such as syringes)
  • hazardous waste (such as paints, oils, chemicals, gas bottles and low energy light bulbs)
  • commercial waste
  • industrial, construction or landscaping waste (such as bricks, rubble and stony debris)
  • batteries (use battery bag)

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