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Household Waste Collection - Little Bin


How does Bournemouth Borough Council collect household waste?

Bournemouth Borough Council carries out weekly collections for household waste and most collections are made from the kerbside at the front of properties. 

In 2006 Bournemouth Council introduced the Big Bin, Little Bin kerbside collection scheme to help residents recycle more of their rubbish.

In addition to the weekly household waste collection and fortnightly collection of your recycling bins, we also provide a paid-for bulky household goods| collection scheme for large items or hazardous rubbish.


When is my household waste collected?

You can find out what day your collection is made using the 'My Property'| service. Just enter your house number, road name and postcode.


When do I need to put my bins out?

Please have your bin out ready by 5.00am on your collection day. If you are putting the bin out the day before please only do so after 6.00pm.

Please note: -  Bring your bins in!

Please bring your bins in as soon as possible after being emptied. Please do not leave your bin out on the pavement as this can cause an obstruction for pedestrians and you can be liable for a fixed penalty notice.


Where should I put my bin for collection?

Place your bin where it is visible to crews, either just inside your property boundary if feasible e.g. just inside the driveway or garden path, or on the pavement as close to the property as possible so there is no obstruction to pedestrians. If you have a gate, then please leave it open to allow easy access.


What can I put in my refuse bin?

In your refuse bin you can put general waste such as items that cannot be recycled. Do not place recyclable materials, garden waste, building materials or rubble in your bin.


How do I report that my bin(s) haven't been collected?

If your refuse/recycling bin has not been collected please call the Ask Bournemouth Contact Centre on 01202 451199 after 2.30pm as the collection crews will still be out collecting.

Alternatively you can now report it| online.


What if I need help getting my bin out?

Bournemouth Borough Council operates an assisted bin collection service. This service is for residents who are physically unable to put their bin out. If you are elderly or have a disability and you do not have anyone else at home to help, you may be eligible for an assisted collection. Please contact Customer Services on 01202 451199 for more information. 


How do I apply for a refuse bin?

If you do not have a refuse bin or recycling bin, then please contact Customer Services on 01202 451199. We will conduct a site visit and then arrange suitable bins for your property. There will be a cost for purchasing bins. Please see below.


How can I apply for an additional refuse bin?

Firstly we recommend trying to reduce the amount of waste you create in the first place by choosing items with less packaging and then recycling| in your big bin more of what is left. However, if your household is large then we can assess the level of waste you are creating by means of a home visit to see if you are eligible for an additional bin.


Is there a cost for additional or replacement bins?

Bournemouth Borough Council has a policy of charging for refuse and recycling bins:

140 Litre   - £43

240 Litre   - £55

360 Litre   - £91

660 Litre   - £266

940 Litre   - £345

1100 Litre - £285


Residents on Housing or Income Support or other benefits may receive free bins and delivery subject to proof. 

Residents in rented / tenanted properties should contact their landlord, as it is their responsibility to provide the replacement bin, not the residents. 


Some Useful Rubbish Facts

Bournemouth Borough Council collects over 150 tonnes of household waste every day, most of which is processed at an MBT (Mechanical Biological Treatment) facility within Dorset. At this facilitiy, waste is sorted to remove plastics and metals from the rubbish, the biodegradable fraction is then composted into a low-quality material that is used to cap landfills and neutralise contaminated land. For more information about MBT, click here|

  • Estimates put the amount of rubbish dropped per year in 1964 at five million tonnes. By 2001, that figure was above 25 million tonnes.
  • Globally, an estimated one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die every year from entanglement in, or ingestion, of plastics.
  • 900 million items of clothing are sent to landfill each year.
  • On average, each person in the UK throws away seven times their body weight in rubbish every year.
  • An average person throws away 74kg of organic waste each year, which is the same as 1077 banana skins.
  • Every year we need a forest the size of Wales to provide all the paper we use in Britain.
  • The amount of waste paper buried each year would fill 103,448 double decker buses, which if parked nose to tail would go all the way from London to Milan.




Related Information


Postal Address Customer Service Centre,
St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset
Telephone 01202 451199
Fax 01202 454690
Minicom 01202 454974
Email Enquiries
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