Changes to your rubbish collection service from 6 November 2017
Look out for your personalised letter in March
We will write to you to let you know how the changes affect you - your letter will let you know whether we have allocated your property a wheeled bin or re-useable rubbish bag, and the frequency of your rubbish collection. Most residents will receive this letter with their Council Tax Bill which is being mailed out from 9 March, so please keep a look out and read this important information.
Find out more www.bathnes.gov.uk/recycle
Weekly recycling and rubbish collections are currently provided to all households across the area.
You can find out your collection day by entering your postcode or street name into our Services in Your Area online checker.
What can I recycle?
Remember, every extra tonne of waste needlessly going to landfill means more money needed from local taxpayer's to pay Landfill Tax charges.
There are lots of easy, convenient ways to recycle instead of throwing your waste into the rubbish. Our Recycle more 2017 guide on this page tells you more, but here are the services at a glance.
- Blue bag cardboard collection
- Food waste collection
- Garden waste collection (fortnightly)
- Green box recycling collection, now including small electricals
- Large items
- Recycling for flats
For the waste that you cannot recycle, you must use blacks sacks, dustbins or Council issued re-useable rubbish bags if your street has them. If you use your own dustbin, please do not put loose rubbish in this but use tied black sacks. Please do not use a wheeled bin - our vehicles are not equipped to empty them.
There are some materials that we will not pick-up in your rubbish collection. These are asbestos, DIY rubble, garden waste, hazardous waste, large items and paint. The links provide information on what to do with these instead.
In some streets where homes have little storage and there are problems with birds and animals splitting plastic rubbish sacks and making a mess, we give residents a re-usable rubbish bag to use. If you live in one of these streets you must use this bag to help keep your area cleaner. To find out if your street has been issued with re-usable rubbish bags, please check your address in our online checker.
Please tie up your black plastic sacks or carrier bags you usually use for your rubbish, and place these in the re-usable rubbish bag. If you put loose rubbish in your re-usable rubbish bag we won’t be able to collect it. Then put this out for collection on your usual day and at the usual collection place. Take your re-usable rubbish bag back inside as soon as possible after emptying. Guidelines for using your re-usable rubbish bag.
Putting out your waste
- Put out your recycling and rubbish at the edge of you property closest to the highway between 8pm the night before and 7am on the day of your normal collection day. The later you can leave it the better because the chances of gulls and nocturnal animals ripping open your bags are reduced.
Litter bins are provided for the public to dispose of their litter when they are out, please do not use them for household waste as this causes them to become full very quickly. If you do dispose of bags of household waste in litter bins it could lead to a Fixed Penalty Notice or fine being issued.
- If your collection is missed or there is any other problem, report it to us online. You can also check any collection problems on our problem notifications page
- Assisted collections for those people who find it difficult to carry their waste to the edge of their property are available upon application;
- Need a replacement container? Our online guide explains how to make a request and what to ask for.