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Waste collection services update - impacts of COVID-19

  • most household collection services are operating on the normal collection dates, although a small number of recycling and organic waste collections may take place on the following day as crews catch up outstanding work.  Please wait until the day after your normal collection before reporting a missed collection
  • please help by making sure you put the right waste into the right bin.  Clean recyclable material must go into the recycling bin (please flatten large items to take up less space) but these bins cannot be used for general waste.  It will take longer than usual to clear contaminated recycling bins
  • the bulky waste collection service is currently suspended, but completion of overdue collections is expected to start in the week commencing 25 January 2021
  • the recycling centre remains open but you will need to book an appointment.  Please check our website for COVID-19 precautions that are in place

You can find out more details of impacts and changes to services on the waste collection services  update page. 

Food waste collections

We collect food waste free of charge from street level properties with space to store their own bin.  Some flats are also included in the service, and we hope to make this service available more widely to more flats from 2020.

You can use your food waste collection for:

  • meat fish and bones (cooked or raw)
  • fruit and vegetables
  • bread, rice and pasta
  • eggs and dairy products
  • tea bags & coffee grounds
  • plate scrapings

Find out more about recycling food waste

If your home is eligible for a food waste collection, you should already have a food waste container, and details of your collection days. 

Find out more about your collection days and the services you receive

If you need to order a food waste container, you can use our online form to order one free of charge.

Page last updated: 14 November 2019

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