Each household in Southampton will have two bins; a green lidded bin for general waste and a blue lidded bin for recycling. Each household will also have a grey box for glass recycling.
If your house has little or no storage space at its front then you will be issued rolls of sacks that are delivered twice yearly.
Blocks of flats usually have larger communal bins and a glass bank, or wheeled bin, for glass recycling.
Changing your bin
Before you contact us to request a change in bin size, please check the size of your current bin. The standard size of a bin issued to Southampton households is 240L.
Recycling bin (blue lidded)
Larger or additional recycling bins can be provided if you have sufficient storage space for the bin, are recycling as much as you can of the correct items in your current bin, and we consider your request to be reasonable.
General waste (green lidded)
You are entitled to request a smaller bin if you only produce a small amount of waste and a smaller 140L bin would suffice.
Requests for larger general waste bins (360L) will only be considered if:
You are part of a large family (this will be provided at our discretion)
You have two or more small children in nappies
You have specific medical needs that results in extra waste
Glass recycling box
Additional glass recycling boxes may be requested if your current grey box has insufficient capacity.
Changes from sacks to wheeled bins
If you are currently using sacks, a wheeled bin may be requested if you have room to store bins on your property.
If you need to change your bin size, and do not live in a flat, you can request a new bin online. You will need to make a separate request for each type of bin you wish to change.
Change your bin
If you want to change your bin as a result of the new alternate weekly collections for waste, we recommend you try the new collection cycle for a few weeks before requesting larger bins. We aim to exchange your bin within four to six weeks if authorised. Please leave the bin to be exchanged visible at the front of your property.
If your property has communal bins and you wish to discuss a change in bin size, please call 023 8083 3005.