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Rubbish bags

To find out what happens to your waste after collection please visit Where your rubbish ends up or for further recycling advice in our A-Z recycling guide.

The preferred method for presenting domestic waste is in a securely tied black refuse sack. If the waste sack is overfilled and it deemed too heavy to safely lift by the operative this may result in your waste not being collected. You will have to remove some of the waste and re bag into several bags to make this lighter to lift.

The sack must contain household waste only. DIY, Building and Construction type waste (such as rubble, tiles and cement) will not be collected and must be taken to the nearest household waste and recycling centres. This type of waste can be heavy to manually lift and can also damage the compacting mechanism in the vehicle

I live in a house

  • You will need to buy your own rubbish sacks from local shops or supermarkets. We recommend black refuse sacks.
  • Put your bags on the front boundary of your property by 7am on the day of collection and no earlier than the night before.
  • Rubbish will be collected on the same day as your recycling and food and garden waste every week, even on bank holidays (excluding Christmas and New Year).
  • As long as it does not cause an obstruction, there is no limit to the amount you can put out each week.

I live in a flat

  • Your management agent or housing association is responsible for supplying sufficient containment for general waste. If you are a management agent or housing association please contact us for more information.
  • We advise residents to use black sacks for general waste before placing in the communal bin, however items can go in loose.
  • The waste collectors will collect the communal bin and return it to the bin store on day of collection.

What to do with paint

We are unable to accept liquid paint, as liquid wastes are banned from landfill sites. You can buy a paint hardener, or add sawdust, sand or soil to the tin and leave the lid off until the paint becomes solid and dry. Please ensure that paint is fully dried before placing out for collection. For more information please visit the recycle now website.