Black bin - non-recycling waste

Black bin - non-recycling waste

Find out when your bin and recycling collection days are.

Bin collection day finder 

What you can put in your black bin

You can put the following items in your black bin:

  • any household waste that can't be recycled
  • bubble wrap
  • cat litter, double bagged
  • cling film
  • crisp and sweet packaging
  • disposable nappies
  • dog poo, double bagged
  • food and drink pouches
  • food waste, doubled bagged - please compost if you can
  • polystyrene

What you can't put in your black bin

Please don't put in:

  • commercial and business waste
  • electrical items - please take to the tip
  • garden waste - put in your green bin or take to the tip
  • gas canisters - please take to the tip
  • hazardous waste - please take to the tip
  • hot ashes - please take to the tip
  • liquid paint - please take to the tip
  • oil - please take to the tip
  • recyclable items - please put in your blue bin
  • syringes and clinical waste - this is collected by Dorset Health Authority
  • textiles - please take to the tip

Using your black wheelie bin

  • we’ll collect the contents of one closed wheelie bin, every 2 weeks
  • put your black wheelie bin out for collection by 6am on your collection day
  • make sure the bin is at the edge of your property, where the waste collection team can see it from the road and collect it easily
  • make sure your bin lid is closed
  • don’t put out any extra rubbish bags for collection
  • if your bin is too heavy to be wheeled to the back of our collection vehicle then we can’t empty it
  • take your bin back to your property as soon as possible after the collection

Bin swap

Most people have our standard 180L bin. You can check the size by looking on the plastic lip around the top of the bin.

If you still have a 140L bin, you can: ask us for a 180L bin by calling 01202 261700, or keep it, if it's big enough for your waste.

Replacement bins are dependant on stock and demand. Residents requesting a bin swap should currently expect their bin to be swapped within six weeks.

Assisted collections

Residents who are unable to put a bin out for collection due to being disabled or physically unable can apply for assistance if there is no one else at the property who can help.

When we don't collect you bin

We collect bins during all bank holidays, except:

  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year's Day

If you fill your black bin please take any additional waste to the tip.

Larger or additional bin request

You can apply for an additional bin if:

  • your household has six or more permanent residents
  • your household has five residents including a child in nappies
  • your household has three or more children in nappies
  • someone in your household has medical needs that create extra waste

We will only consider applications by phone on 01202 261700. Each will be considered on a case by case basis. A request does not guarantee you extra capacity.

Page last updated: 08 November 2017
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