Sorting your bins – what goes where?

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Keeping bin stores tidy and working out what waste goes in which bin can be challenging. While the local council where you live is responsible for waste collection and recycling services, we often get queries about this, especially where residents are using communal bin areas. Here’s some information about how to dispose of your waste and recycling safely without causing issues for others.

It’s important to note that there are some items of waste that councils will not collect during their usual weekly rounds, this includes:

  • Any contaminated recycling waste – waste is contaminated when the wrong items are put into the recycling. The most common items are black bin bags, nappies, tissues, and sanitary items.
  • Large bulky household items
  • Builder’s rubbish.

In these instances you’ll have to dispose of these items yourself. If you’re unsure, speak to your local council about the best way to dispose of your waste.

Getting rid of bulky and household items

If you have any bulk or household items that you want to get rid of, you can take it to your local household waste and recycling site.

This is a free service, for most items, and the sites are open 7 days a week, but you might need to book before your visit, so be sure to check this before you go.

If you aren’t sure where your nearest household waste and recycling site is, you can find out online:

If you’re unable to visit your local household waste and recycling site, then you can arrange a bulk waste collection through your local council’s website. There will be a charge for this service, but you can book to have multiple items collected at one time.

Some charities may also collect unwanted furniture free of charge.

Be aware of rogue waste removal services

If you choose to use a private company to remove any household waste, make sure they provide you with: 

  • Details of their waste carrier’s licence
  • A waste transfer note and receipt

Rogue waste removal services won’t be able to show you their license or provide you with a transfer note and receipt. Unlicensed waste removal services may not dispose of your rubbish safely and may even fly tip.

Keeping bin stores in good condition

We know it can be hard to keep bin storage clean. Please work with us to help reduce issues by:

  • Not leaving waste on the floors
  • Avoiding contamination of the recycling bins by not using black bin bags or carrier bags
  • Squashing cans and flattening cardboard boxes to the smallest size possible
  • Ensuring that any non-recyclable rubbish is secured in a black bin bag
  • If you aren’t sure if something is recyclable, councils advise to put it in the non-recycling
  • Food waste such as vegetable peelings and meat/fish bones can be wrapped in newspaper or placed in compostable bags and then placed inside the food waste container.

Using the bins correctly can help prevent issues around access and collection.

What could happen if bin stores aren’t looked after?

  • Pest infestations – this could potentially cause a health and safety issue
  • Increased service charges due to costs for pest control treatments and bulk refuse removal
  • Negative effect on image of estate / quality of homes.

If you have any queries or concerns about bin stores in your block, we are here to help. Contact us on 01892 501480.

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