What can go in your general rubbish bin
You should only use black bins for household waste that you cannot recycle, repair, reuse or donate.
Your black bin is collected every 2 weeks. However, if you're in a property that has sack collections, your collection will be weekly.
Please try to use your recycling bins before putting anything in the black bin as the contents only go to landfill which harms the environment.
What can go in your black bin
- Dirty foil (clean foil can be reused or recycled)
- Nappies, tissues and sanitary products
- Pet waste and pet food pouches
- Plastic film
- Pyrex glass and ceramics
- Shredded paper
- Single use masks and gloves
What cannot go in your black bin
- Cooking oil (small amounts of cooking oil may be placed in a sealed container and disposed of in the general waste bin)
- Corrosive products
- Engine oil
- Hazardous waste
- Items from household building and renovation works
- Rubble and hardcore (bricks and tiles)
No side or excess waste
We only collect waste inside the bin with the lid closed.
Do not overfill your bin or leave additional waste next to the bin as this will not be collected.
How to get rid of excess waste
- Make sure you’re using your blue recycling bin and brown food bin - the majority of household rubbish is recyclable so using these services will help create space in your black bin
- Donate items to registered charities - British Heart Foundation offer a free collection service from your home
- See helpful tips on how to reduce your waste
- If you have a larger family and meet requirements, you could be eligible for a larger 240 litre black bin
If you need to dispose of items that cannot go in general waste, see if you can take them to Barrowell Green Recycling Centre.
Please note - if the side waste policy is not followed, this could result in a fixed penalty. See our waste enforcement pages.