From 5 June 2017 household bin collections in Southampton are changing to alternate weeks. Your general waste (green lidded bin) will be collected one week, and your glass and recycling (your grey box and your blue lidded bin) will be collected the next week.
The collection rounds will also be changing, so the day or week that your bins are collected will be different. The letter that we sent to you in May included a new calendar, giving you your new collection dates. You can also find out which bin you'll need to put out first, and on which day, through the following link:
Which bin, which day? Find your address
It has come to our attention that a number of households in the city will have a longer delay than anticipated in between old and new recycling collection days.
In order to ensure that we are meeting residents needs we will be providing them with an additional recycling collection, prior to the start of the new collection schedule. Affected households will be written to and notified of when their additional recycling collection will be. Any of these households that are unable to manage their glass waste during this period can use communal glass recycling centres or can contact us to request an additional grey glass box.
We understand that moving over to alternate weekly bin collections will be of concern to some of our residents, however we are confident that by taking a few simple actions most residents will have no problems managing their waste.
We've put together the following list of suggestions to help:
- You can apply for a larger recycling bin if needed
- Ensure you’re recycling the correct items to help maximise the space in your general waste bin for the materials that cannot be recycled. Recyclable items are cardboard, paper - including newspapers, magazines, junk mail, phone books and directories, plastic bottles - drinks, toiletries and cleaning products, food tins, drink cans, metal biscuit and sweet tins, and empty aerosols. If you're unsure if an item can be recycled please visit our recycling page.
- Take a look at our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle page, for tips on how to reduce the amount of waste in your general waste bin
- You can compost your fruit and vegetable peelings along with other items, giving you free fertilizer for your garden. Find out about our composters special offer
- Depending on needs, some households may qualify for a larger general waste bin. Let us know about your needs to find out if you meet the criteria
- By recycling right we can all help increase the city’s recycling rate and improve and protect the environment for future generations
If you have any further queries, take a look at our frequently asked questions.