Household Recycling Collections - Big Bin

How you can recycle more at home

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

We are still collecting your little (household waste), big (recycling) and food waste bins as normal. However, on advice from the government regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we need you to take extra precautions with your waste to protect others.

See further information about changes to services.


Disposing of your lateral flow testing kit at home

With many people now taking lateral flow tests for COVID-19 at home, please follow our advice on how to safely dispose of your used testing kit:

  • place all of the items from the test and the plastic packaging into the bag provided and then put into your general waste bin for disposal - it cannot be recycled. This applies whether the test result is positive or negative
  • if there are disposable gloves and masks in the test kit, these cannot be recycled either and should be put in with your general waste
  • all the cardboard packaging and information leaflet that the test came with can be put in your recycling bin.

When do I put my bin out?

We empty your recycling bin once every 2 weeks on the alternate week to which we empty your rubbish bin.

Using your bin

  • Please put your recycling bin out by 5am on your bin day
  • make sure your bin lid is closed
  • put items in loose, please do not bag them
  • do not put out any extra rubbish bags for collection
  • take your bin back to your property as soon as possible after collection

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?

First, check you have the right bin day. Remember we only empty Big Bins once every 2 weeks.

If your bin hasn’t been emptied on the correct bin day, please wait until the next day, as we may be running catch-up collections. if your bin still hasn’t been emptied then, please report it. 

What can I put in my Big Bin?

Your Big Bin (240L) is for household recycling.

Please put the following items in your Big Bin:

  • Paper
  • Cans, tins and aerosols (but not butane or propane aerosols)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic bottles and food containers
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Foil and foil trays 

You can now recycle even more items at the kerbside. We collect household batteries alongside your other recycling. Find out more about recycling household batteries.

Recycling tips

Put recyclables loose in your bin. Please don’t bag them.

Wash and squash your recycling before you put it in your Big Bin so they don’t have bits of food left in them.

Take lids off milk containers and bottles to make it easier to squash them down. This helps most of the space in your bin. Lids and bottle tops can also be recycled, so make sure you put these in the Big Bin.

Please don’t put these items in your Big Bin:

You can take all these items to Millhams Household Recycling Centre, Christchurch Household Recycling Centre (based on Wilverley Road) or Nuffield Household Waste and Recycling centre.

Additional bin request

You can apply for an additional recycling bin if you live in a household with:

  • 5 or more permanent occupants, or
  • someone who has a medical condition that creates extra waste

There is a charge of £55 for an additional recycling bin.