Recycling dispute ended 19 January - collections coming back to normal
Talks between our recycling contractor Kier and the Unite union have been successful meaning that industrial action has now ended.
Please click on the link here for latest recycling updates
Weekly recycling and rubbish collections are provided to all households across the area.
You can find out your collection day by entering your postcode or street name into our Services in Your Area online checker.
What can I recycle?
Remember, every extra tonne of waste needlessly going to landfill means more money needed from local taxpayer's to pay Landfill Tax charges.
There are lots of easy, convenient ways to recycle instead of throwing your waste into the rubbish. Our Recycle more 2016 guide on this page tells you more, but here are the services at a glance.
- Blue bag cardboard collection
- Food waste collection
- Garden waste collection (fortnightly)
- Green box recycling collection, now including small electricals
- Large items
- Recycling for flats
For the waste that you cannot recycle, households must use blacks sacks, dustbins or Council issued reusable rubbish bags if your street has them. If you use your own dustbin, please do not put loose rubbish in this but use tied black sacks. Please do not use a wheeled bin - our vehicles are not equipped to empty them.
There are some materials that we will not pick-up in your rubbish collection. These are asbestos, DIY rubble, garden waste, hazardous waste, large items and paint. The hyperlinks provide information on what to do with these instead.
In some streets where homes have little storage and there are problems with birds and animals splitting plastic rubbish sacks and making a mess we give residents reusable rubbish bags to use. If you live in one of these streets please use this bag to help keep your area cleaner. To find out if your street has been issued with re-usable bags, please check the list in the documents section on this page.
Please tie up your black plastic sacks or carrier bags you usually use for your rubbish, and place these in the reusable bag. If you put loose rubbish in your reusable bag we won’t be able to collect it. Then put this out for collection on your usual day and at the usual collection place. Take your bag back inside as soon as possible after emptying. For full guidelines on using your reusable bag please see the Guidelines for using in the documents section on this page.
Putting out your waste
- Put out your recycling and rubbish at the edge of you property closest to the highway between 8pm the night before and 7am on the day of your normal collection day. The later you can leave it the better because the chances of gulls and nocturnal animals ripping open your bags are reduced.
Litter bins are provided for the public to dispose of their litter when they are out, please do not use them for household waste as this causes them to become full very quickly. If you do dispose of bags of household waste in litter bins it could lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice or fine being issued.
- If your collection is missed or there is any other problem, report it to us online or via Council Connect;
- Assisted collections for those people who find it difficult to carry their waste to the edge of their property are available upon application;
- Need a replacement container? Our online guide explains how to make a request and what to ask for.