Household rubbish bin collections
Your household rubbish will be collected every two weeks.
We do not collect bins on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year's Day.
Depending on your circumstances, each household has been allocated one of the following two options:
- standard: 180 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.
Using your household rubbish bin
Please make sure you put your bin out by 5am on your collection day.
Make sure the lid is closed and the bin is at the edge of your property, where the waste collection team can see it from the road and collect it easily.
Please do not put out any extra rubbish bags for collection.
If your bin is too heavy to be wheeled to the back of our collection vehicle, we will not be able to empty it.
What you can put in your household rubbish
- disposable nappies
- plastic film and polystyrene
- broken glass (wrapped in paper)
- cold ashes
- pet waste (including cat litter)
- medical and sanitary waste
- disposable razors (wrapped in paper)
- tissues and paper towels
- lateral flow testing kit (the test, plastic packaging and bag provided)
- personal protective equipment (masks and gloves)
- foil based wrapping paper
What you cannot put in your household rubbish
Rubbish bins left on highways and footpaths
You should only place your bin on a highway or footpath on your collection day. Your bins should be within 1 metre of the edge of your property. You must put your bins out no earlier than 6pm on the day before your collection day, and you should remove them by 8pm on the day they are collected and returned to you.
If a bin is causing an obstruction and is reported, we may send you a notice and information about how to put out and bring in your bin appropriately. In some cases of major obstruction, we may issue a fixed penalty fine.
Fixed penalties may be issued if:
- the obstruction has a negative impact on local amenities, such as shops and public facilities
- buggy or wheelchair users are forced to move onto the road because the pavement is obstructed
- bins are left out for several days and block access, or are likely to attract rats and foxes
- ripped bin bags, open bins or overturned bins are left out without an attempt to fix the issue
If you cannot put your bin out for collection due to being disabled or physically unable, you can apply for an assisted collection. You should only ask if there is no one else at the property who can help.
Please see our BCP Council household waste collection guidance PDF for more information.