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General waste - green bin

What can I put in my green bin?

What to do with additional waste

Removing your bin from the pavement

Preventing maggots

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We provide green bins for collection of non-recyclable household waste.

What can I put in my green bin?

Only materials that cannot be recycled can be put into your green bin. This includes:

  • bagged animal or pet waste
  • bagged disposable nappies and sanitary products
  • cool ashes from fires
  • polystyrene, food trays and packaging
  • used kitchen roll and tissue, and
  • bagged food waste.

Please do not put the following items in your refuse bin:

  • Recyclable waste: paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, yoghurt pots, food tins, drinks cans and aerosol cans can all be put in your blue bin. Please see the blue bin page for a full list of what can go in.
  • Garden waste: please sign up for a garden waste bin or compost it at home. You can recycle grass cuttings, plants, weeds, small branches/twigs, leaves and hedge trimmings in one of our brown bins.
  • Paint: take unwanted paint and empty paint tins to your local tip.
  • Builder's rubble/waste, including soil and concrete.

What to do with additional waste

Your green bin will only be emptied if the lid of the bin is fully closed. Extra bags of waste will not be collected.

Overloaded bins will not be collected due to health and safety concerns - moving heavy bins could injure our collection team members.

Removing your bin from the pavement

Your bin should be put out by 6.30am on the day of collection.

It should be removed from the pavement no later than 12 noon the day after collection. It is an offence to leave your bin out past this time and enforcement action may be taken if your bin is not removed.

Preventing maggots

To help you avoid the growth of maggots in your bin we have put together some guidance.

The pdf icon maggot prevention guide [5kb] tells you how to prevent maggots and how to get rid of them if they become a problem.

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