We often receive questions and complaints relating to overflowing and smelly bins, particularly during the summer months. Please note that black sacks or other waste containers left at the side or on top of your bins will not be collected. To help avoid overflowing or smelly bins, there are a number of actions you can take.
Please put the correct items in your bins. If you're not sure whether your waste is recyclable, please consult our A-Z of recycling.
Recycle as much as you can to free up space in your general waste bin.
Please take old textiles to a textile bank or put them in your general waste, not in your recycling bin.
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 compost for your garden. Find out about our composters special offer.
Make sure the lids are closed flat. You may need to squash the rubbish down to ensure the lid can be closed. This will also help reduce smells and stop flies from entering the bin.
Please ensure you securely wrap or bag food waste as appropriate to prevent smells or vermin.
Expel the air from bin bags before tying the top. This will help to prevent accidental tears, as well as making more space in the bin.
Should you spill any food waste in the bin, rinse away with boiling water, which will also kill any fly eggs/maggots.
If you have extra waste left over after all recyclables have been separated out then you can dispose of any additional waste at the local Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Depending on needs, some households may qualify for a larger general waste bin. You can apply for a larger recycling bin if needed.