23 June is the last day to apply for a bigger bin for guaranteed delivery before fortnightly collections start. Apply for a bigger bin now

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Apply for a bigger refuse bin

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.

If you're going to struggle with only getting your rubbish collected every 2 weeks, you might be eligible for a bigger bin.

All bins ordered by 23 June will be delivered before fortnightly collections start in August.

Eligibility

Your eligibility will depend on the people in your household.

2 people in your household

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You can buy an extra bin. It will cost you £40.

Most households can manage fortnightly collections with their existing bin, so please make sure you're recycling as much as possible.

Apply

You can apply online. You'll need to say why you're eligible.

You'll need to sign into your MyMiddlesbrough account to fill in the form. It's quick and easy to create a MyMiddlesbrough account if you do not have one already. If you already have an account, before you begin to apply please make sure all your personal details are added to your profile and they are correct.

If you're struggling to apply, you can get help from staff at any of our Community Hubs (except Neptune and Rainbow). You can also call 01642 726001 but please note, there may be a long waiting time.

3 or more people in your household

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You're eligible for a bigger bin, unless you already have one. There's no cost to you.

We'll take your current bin away and replace it with a bigger bin. You cannot keep both.

Apply

You can apply online. You'll need to say why you're eligible. You'll also need to give us the name and date of birth for everyone living in the house with you.

You'll need to sign into your MyMiddlesbrough account to fill in the form. It's quick and easy to create a MyMiddlesbrough account if you do not have one already. If you already have an account, before you begin to apply please make sure all your personal details are added to your profile and they are correct.

If you're struggling to apply, you can get help from staff at any of our Community Hubs (except Neptune and Rainbow). You can also call 01642 726001 but please note, there may be a long waiting time.

6 or more people in your household

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If you already have a bigger bin, you may be eligible for an additional (smaller) bin. There's no cost to you.

We'll do an assessment to decide if you're eligible.

Apply

You can apply online. You'll need to say why you're eligible. You'll also need to give us the name and date of birth for everyone living in the house with you.

You'll need to sign into your MyMiddlesbrough account to fill in the form. It's quick and easy to create a MyMiddlesbrough account if you do not have one already. If you already have an account, before you begin to apply please make sure all your personal details are added to your profile and they are correct.

If you're struggling to apply, you can get help from staff at any of our Community Hubs (except Neptune and Rainbow). You can also call 01642 726001 but please note, there may be a long waiting time.

Someone in your household has an assessed condition (medical) that produces extra general household waste

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If someone in your household has an assessed condition (medical) that produces extra general household waste, you may be eligible for a bigger bin.

You'll need to explain what the condition is and what kind of waste it creates. We'll do an assessment to decide if you're eligible.

Apply

You can apply online. You'll need to say why you're eligible.

You'll need to sign into your MyMiddlesbrough account to fill in the form. It's quick and easy to create a MyMiddlesbrough account if you do not have one already. If you already have an account, before you begin to apply please make sure all your personal details are added to your profile and they are correct.

If you're struggling to apply, you can get help from staff at any of our Community Hubs (except Neptune and Rainbow). You can also call 01642 726001 but please note, there may be a long waiting time.

If you do not fit into any of these categories, you're not eligible for a bigger bin.

If you're struggling to cope with fortnightly collections, make sure you're recycling as much as possible so there's less in your bin. It may also help to compost your food waste, if you can.

If you still have too much rubbish, you can pay for a bulky waste collection or take it to the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

What happens after I've applied?

Fortnightly collections will start from early August 2024, so for now you can keep putting your black bin out every week. You can check your bin calendar online.

2 people in your household

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Keep putting your bin out on your usual collection day.

We'll send you a red sticker in the post. Please attach the sticker to your new bin so our crews know it's an authorised extra bin. Make sure both bins have your house number on them.

We'll deliver your extra bin before fortnightly collections start. More information about deliveries will be available soon.

3 or more people in your household

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Keep putting your bin out on your usual collection day.

We'll send you a yellow sticker in the post. Please attach the sticker to your current bin so our crews know your bin needs to be replaced when the time comes.

We'll take away your current bin and deliver your new bin on the same day, on your usual collection day. We'll empty your current bin and lay it flat before it's removed.

If your bin has been emptied and has not been laid down, take it back in as normal. Please do not leave your bin out on the street.

We'll start delivering bigger bins from Tuesday 11 June. Deliveries will take several weeks, so please do not worry if your new bin is not delivered immediately.

6 or more people in your household

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Keep putting your bin out on your usual collection day.

We'll send you a red sticker in the post. Please attach the sticker to your new bin so our crews know it's an authorised extra bin. Make sure both bins have your house number on them.

We'll deliver your extra bin before fortnightly collections start. More information about deliveries will be available soon.

Someone in your household has an assessed condition (medical) that produces extra general household waste

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We've received a large number of requests and we're working hard to get through them. Please do not worry - we're here to help and we'll contact you soon.

If you can't find the information you're looking for on this page, please check our frequently asked questions.