There's still time to apply for a bigger bin before fortnightly rubbish collections start. Find out what you need to do

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Changes to bin collections

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We're making changes to bin collections. These changes will affect all residents who use black refuse bins and green garden waste bins.

Bin collection dates

Bin collection dates for April 2024 onwards are now available. There's a new way to check your bin collection dates this year. If you've subscribed for garden waste collections, your collection dates will be shown on your calendar.

Rubbish collections

We're introducing fortnightly rubbish collections for residents with a black refuse bin. There are no changes for residents who use sacks or a communal bin.

Check the fortnightly collections frequently asked questions to find out more about the changes.

We know some people might struggle with only getting their rubbish collected every 2 weeks, so eligible households can apply for a bigger bin. All bins ordered before 21 June will be delivered before fortnightly collections start in August.

Garden waste collections

We're introducing a charge for garden waste collections. You'll need to subscribe to the garden waste service, and pay an annual charge to get your waste collected.

Only residents who have subscribed will get their garden waste collected. If you do not subscribe, you'll have to take your garden waste to the Household Waste Recycling Centre, or you can compost it.

Recycling collections

We'll still collect your recycling every 2 weeks.

We know most residents are great at recycling, but there's still more we can do. It's good for the environment, and it will also make it easier when we move to fortnightly rubbish collections. Making sure that everything recyclable goes in your blue-lid bin might give you extra space in your black bin.

Check out our tips on how to recycle if you're not sure where to start. If you're unsure about a particular item, the Recycle Now website has advice about recycling specific items.