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Recycling waste - blue bin

What can I put in my blue bin?

What to do with additional waste

Contamination

Can I have a bigger blue bin?

Can I have a smaller blue bin?

How do I order bins for my new home?

Lost, stolen or damaged bins

Removing your bin from the pavement

Keeping roads clear for bin lorries

What to do if your bin has not been emptied

What happens to your recycled waste?

We provide 240 litre blue bins for the collection of recyclable waste.

What can I put in my blue bin?

Only materials that can be recycled can be put into your blue bin. This includes:

  • Paper: newspapers, magazines, envelopes, directories, catalogues, office paper
  • Cardboard: greetings cards, cereal boxes, egg boxes, general packages
  • Plastic bottles and yoghurt pots: pop and milk bottles, cleaning product bottles, toiletry bottles, margarine tubs
  • Food tins, drink cans and aerosols: clean food tins, empty aerosol cans, drinks cans.

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

  • Shredded paper, kitchen roll, tissues, metallic wrapping paper
  • Tetra packs, juice cartons, takeaway pizza boxes
  • Carrier bags, ice cream tubs, food cartons and trays
  • Paint and oil tins, pots or pans
  • Glass bottles including wine bottles and food jars
  • Bottle tops.

You can recycle most of these items at your pdf icon local recycling site [28kb]. Each site has different recycling facilities so check what can be recycled before you visit. Some items cannot be recycled and these should be put into your green bin. Garden waste cannot be put into the blue bin but can be recycled using the garden waste recycling scheme (brown bin) or you can home compost. For more details read this pdf icon Guide to disposing of household waste [929kb].

What to do with additional waste

You can put extra recycling waste out with your bin for collection. Extra waste will only be taken if it is placed in a cardboard box or paper bag. We will only take extra recycling waste, please see what can I put in my blue bin for more information.

Alternatively, additional recycling can be taken to the Household Waste and Recycling Centres operated by Nottinghamshire County Council. To use the centres you will need to register. This is free to Nottinghamshire residents. Registering as a Nottinghamshire resident on the system allows the county council to ensure that only Nottinghamshire's residents can use the County's Recycling Centres in order to protect budgets and ensure a high level of service is maintained. For details check out Registering for Recycling Centres.

Please note: You can't put any extra waste out with the green or brown bins.

Contamination

If you put the wrong materials into your blue bin it becomes contaminated. If a contaminated bin is emptied in to the vehicle, the entire load could be rejected at the recycling facility and sent to landfill.

If your blue bin is found to be contaminated, a notice will be placed on your blue bin informing you what it is contaminated with. You will be required to remove this item and we will not return to empty the bin until your next blue bin collection day.

If you consistently contaminate your blue bin then enforcement action may be taken.

If you would like more information on our enforcement process please contact us.

Can I have a bigger blue bin?

Yes - larger 360 litre recycling bins are available to enable you to recycle more. You can call our Contact Centre on 01623 463463 or email us at mdc@mansfield.gov.uk to arrange delivery of a larger bin.

Can I have a smaller blue bin?

Smaller 120 litre blue bins are available for customers who only have small amounts of recycling. If you would prefer to exchange your blue bin for a smaller one please call our Contact Centre on 01623 463463 or email us at mdc@mansfield.gov.uk.

How do I order bins for my new home?

If you have moved into a new build property and you have no bins, there is a one-off fee of £51 to buy the green and blue bins. To find out more please call our Contact Centre on 01623 463463 or email mdc@mansfield.gov.uk.

Mansfield District Council bins are specifically designed for our bin lorries and are made of a high quality material and to a set size and standard. Bins bought from other suppliers may not be the right size and so could fall off the lifting equipment and snap or split whilst being emptied. We are, therefore, unfortunately, unable to collect bins not supplied by Mansfield District Council.

Lost, stolen or damaged bins

Bins damaged beyond repair by the collection vehicle will be replaced free of charge. If your bin is damaged through misuse and cannot be repaired or is lost or stolen you will have to pay for a replacement. The charge is currently £26. Once payment for a replacement bin has been received it will be delivered to you within 10 working days.
To report a lost stolen or damaged bin, please use the Lost, stolen or damaged bin reporting form.

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.

Keeping roads clear for bin lorries

Our bin lorries sometimes have problems accessing roads due to blocked roads and poor parking.

Please be considerate when you park your car on the road. If the waste and recycling lorries cannot access the street the bins will not be emptied.

We will always aim to empty the bins and to return for the bins if we cannot access them on our first attempt. However, we cannot give a definite return date and this can cause problems for residents and our works schedule. If you have any questions, please call the council's Contact Centre on 01623 463463.

What to do if your bin has not been emptied

Your bin may be collected at any time on your scheduled collection day. Our crews start collections at 6.30am each day and your bin must be made available for collection by this time.

We will only return for blue bins if the crews have been prevented from emptying bins from a number of properties because of roadworks or parked cars. Please see our section what to do with additional waste (above) for further advice.

If you find your bin has not been emptied by 4pm on the scheduled day of collection, please let us know and we can then check the crew's report sheets to see if there were any problems. You can call our Contact Centre on 01623 463463 or email us at mdc@mansfield.gov.uk. We can confirm why there was a problem and what will happen next.

Reasons why your bin may not have been emptied could include:

  • It was not out before 6.30am on your scheduled collection day
  • The crew have reported that the bin was not out
  • Your bin contains incorrect materials (see contamination section, above) or is too heavy
  • The contents were compacted in the bin and would not empty. (In these circumstances you should free the compacted waste so that it will empty on the next collection day).
  • If the bin is a non-standard Mansfield District Council bin it may not be the right size for our bin lorries and, therefore, not compatible with the lorry's lifting equipment.

Any incorrect materials or heavy items must be removed from your bin before your next scheduled collection or we will not be able to empty it.

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.

 What happens to your recyled waste?

 

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