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Communal recycling

Flats and sheltered accommodation communal recycling bins

Communal recycling is serviced separately to household bins and sent on to a different facility. Therefore, the materials accepted differ and the recycling is fully mixed.

Use your communal recycling bins for the following items:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Newspapers, phone books, brochures, catalogues, leaflets, magazines, toilet roll tubes and paper bags
  • Aerosols
  • Cartons and tetra pak
  • Tins and cans
  • Plastic household packaging
  • Bottles
  • Tubs
  • Handwash containers
  • Shampoo and conditioner bottles
  • Yoghurt pots
  • Foil
  • Glass bottles and jars

Please do not put these items in to the recycling bin

  • Clothing or textiles
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Food waste
  • Electrical items
  • General household waste

Bins provided

Flats and sheltered accommodation complexes are serviced separately to households, on a different service. The size and number of bins provided will depend on the:

  • Number of residents
  • Storage space
  • Access for residents and collection staff

To ensure the bins do not become overfilled, it will be imperative that residents recycle as much as possible. Recycling bins at flat and complexes range from large blue bins to brown lid wheelie bins. If your complex is on the mixed recyclables scheme, a sticker on each of the bins will confirm this.

Help us to give you the best possible service

  • Refrain from putting bulky items in to the communal bins
  • Use the correct bins for your waste; do not use the blue recycling bins for general refuse, this will result in delayed collections
  • Shut the bin lids after use; leaving them open could attract flies and vermin to the area and impose a health risk
  • Ask neighbours and visitors to keep bin collections in mind when parking; many flat collections do not take place when scheduled, due to access issues.

Bulky items left in bin areas

Leaving furniture or bulky items within the bin store area or in a communal bin is a criminal offence of fly-tipping. If found guilty, fly-tipping carries a fine of up to £50,000

Bulky items can be taken to Judkins Household Recycling Centre or taken to furniture reuse shops or furniture charity shops within the borough.

Last updated Monday, 23rd October 2023

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