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No side waste/closed lid policy

Middlesbrough Council has a no 'side waste', 'closed lid' refuse collection policy. This keeps collections easier, cleaner and safer. It also minimises waste and landfill, reduces costs, and encourages better recycling.

If your refuse bin is overflowing with bagged, or unbagged, waste left at the side or on top of your bin, this is called 'side waste' and it won't be collected. The excess waste will be stickered to let the householder know there was too much waste.

Excess waste is unsightly, and damages the local environment. All waste should fit inside the correct wheeled bin with the lid closed ('closed lid').

Excess refuse from one week can be put out for collection in your black lid bin on your next scheduled collection day the following week, or taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre site at Haverton Hill.

Hints and tips to avoid over-filling bins:

  • If your black lid refuse bin is over-full, keep back any items that won't rot or smell until your next refuse collection
  • Where possible, squash any non-recyclable items to save space in your black lid refuse bin
  • Make sure there's nothing that could go in your blue recycling bin or green garden waste bins instead
  • Rinse and squash recyclable food and drinks containers, and flatten cardboard to save space in your in your blue recycling bin