Household Rubbish Collection – Little Bin

Your black rubbish bin (140L) is for all the rubbish that you can’t recycle

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), some services have changed. Find our latest information and advice about bins, waste and recycling services in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

See further information about changes to services.


Depending on your circumstances, each household has been allocated one of the following two options:

  • standard: 140 litre black rubbish bin
  • bag and box: 2 authorised blue sacks per fortnight

There is a charge of £12.50 per year for authorised blue sacks. Please use our online form to request sacks.

Your rubbish bin

Your black rubbish bin (140L) is for all the rubbish that you can’t recycle.

Rubbish bins and recycling bins are collected on alternate weeks. Rubbish is collected one week and your recycling the next. Food waste is still collected weekly.

What not to put in your rubbish

Please don't put any of the following in your little bin. You can recycle many of these items in your recycling, food, or garden waste bins or at Millhams Recycling Centre, Christchurch Household Recycling Centre (based on Wilverley Road) or Nuffield Household Waste and Recycling centre.:

When do I put my bin out?

Please put your bin out by 5am on your bin day.

You can put your bins out after 6pm the day before your bin collection day.

Please bring your bins in to your property as soon as you can so they don’t block the pavement. 

Check your bin collection date

Where should I put my bin for collection?

Place your bin where we can easily reach it without having to enter your property. You could put it:

  • At the end of your drive.
  • At the end of your garden path.
  • On the pavement, close to your house.

The bin needs to be on the very edge of your property or on the pavement. If you have a gate, please leave it open for us. 

What if my bin isn’t emptied?

You might want to double check you have the right day.

If your bin hasn’t been emptied, please wait until the next day before you report it. Our crews work all day and they may collect your rubbish later than you expected.