This page tells you all about the Twin Bin Scheme.
We run a Twin Bin scheme to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. This means that you will have a green 'wheelie' bin for all your 'green' waste (see below), a burgundy 'wheelie' bin for recyclable waste and a traditional black wheelie bin for everything else.
We empty your black and green bins on alternate weeks on your usual collection day. You will receive a calendar showing the dates each bin is collected towards the end of each year.
Leaves, hedge and plant clippings
Twigs, branches and prunings
Grass cuttings, weeds and cut flowers- please ensure that any plants that are put in the bin have had all their excess soil removed.
Ashes (must be cooled before putting in the bin)*
Uncooked fruit or vegetable waste
Vegetarian Pet Waste - e.g. sawdust, shavings etc from rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters
*Please note: It is stated in the new Recycling and Refuse Collections calendar for 2013-2014 that ashes should not be put in the green bin. The above advice is correct up to the last green bin collection of 2013 (during week commencing Monday 18 November). After this collection, please dispose of ashes in the black bin ONLY.
- Any cardboard boxes or cardboard packaging - these go in your burgundy bin
- Any processed food or kitchen waste
- Stone, rubble, soil or turf
- Dog or cat faeces/waste
- Nappies (disposable or other)
- Waxed or laminated packaging, such as Tetrapak juice cartons
- Plastic bags or plastic film, including carrier bags, all types of bin liners. Please note that we do not accept biodegradable or compostable bags or liners in the green bin.
- Plastic bottles, plastic containers and packaging, glass bottles or jars, cans or tins, foil or foil trays, aerosols, or papers - these go in your burgundy bin
If you put unacceptable materials, such as those listed above, in to your Green Bin this will contaminate your Green Bin and we will not be able to collect it.
Taking out all of your garden waste and putting it in your Green Bin should help reduce the content of your Black Bin
Use your Burgundy Bin for plastic bottles and containers, glass, cans, cardboard, envelopes and newspapers.
Take drinks cartons to the Tetrapak recycling banks located at the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Stonegravels or Buttermilk Lane.
We collect roughly 42,000 tonnes of rubbish each year - that's one tonne of waste per household. In the past more than 80% of this waste has been buried in landfill sites, but this is now changing! Current capacity in landfill sites means that we will run out of space within a few short years if we do not take action now. New laws require organic waste to be composted and not sent to landfill sites where it can cause harmful pollution such as gases or leachate.
When your green bin is emptied, the green waste collected is composted and is then used for the reinstatement of land. The compost is not available for sale.
Remember that your Black Bin will be emptied on an alternative week basis so you will need to recycle in order to manage your waste effectively!
Use your Green Bin & Burgundy Bin - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!