Garden and bulky waste services suspended, orange sacks and Gerpins Lane closed

Collections, and the renewal of contracts for garden waste bins and compostable sacks, has stopped. We advise you to home compost as much of your green garden waste as you can. We will not be collecting bulky waste until further notice and the Reuse and Recycling Centres at Gerpins Lane is closed. Running out of orange sacks? Put your recycling in a bag that is either clear or as see-through as possible, and label it as recycling. Go to our service disruption page for details

Coronavirus waste disposal advice

Tissues, disposable gloves and other related items used by anyone with suspected COVID-19 and those cleaning up afterwards, should be double bagged, then stored securely for 72 hours before being thrown away inside your usual black sack waste. You should not put this waste out with your usual rubbish for weekly collections until negative test results are known or the waste has been stored for at least 72 hours. Cleaning advice from GOV.UK

Weekly rubbish collections (Black sacks)

Where and when should I leave my black sacks out for collection?

Please leave your black sacks on the ground, just inside your property boundary nearest the pavement before 7am on your collection day.

It is important that sacks are placed within the boundary of your property and not grouped together with other residents' waste and / or on grass verges, by a post or on the public highway (including footpaths).

Please do not leave bags on top of walls or bins as this can lead to them snagging and spilling during collection.

If you live in a flat please see our collections for flats page for instructions about your collection.

What can and can't go in your black sacks?

Black sacks are for your general household waste only.

For more information on what shouldn't be put in the black sacks please see our restricted waste page. Items can be taken to the local reuse and recycling centre but a permission may be required.

Don't put anything too big in a sack. For large items you can order a bulky collection or you may be able to take it to a rubbish or recycling site.

We will collect some electronics and batteries as recycling. Please do not put these in the black sack. See our recycling batteries and electronics page for details

If you put items in your bags that are not allowed we will not collect them. We will put a sticker on them telling you this and you will need to dispose of the items in the correct way.

To help keep our crews safe please make sure:

  • broken glass is well wrapped
  • dog mess is well wrapped
  • knives should be taken to Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre, they can also be taken to police stations
  • you do not put bleach, pepper or curry powder on bags to keep animals away as it can be cause irritation to crew members' eyes

Please don't use charity branded sacks for rubbish collections as we may mistake them for donations and leave them behind.

Not sure if something goes in your sack or you should be doing something else with it? Use our 'what item goes where' search facility to get information about what to do with your unwanted items.

What item goes where recycling and waste guide

When is your collection day?

Find your collection date

Has your black sack been missed?

Report a missed collection

Has your black sack been split?

Split sacks

Has a sticker been left on your sack?

Stickered sacks

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