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Bin collection top tips

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Top tips to help you deal with all your rubbish and recycling.

Please note: we only deal with bins in the Preston area. If you live outside this area see GOV.UK - Find your local council.

1. Sort your waste correctly ready for collection

Visit our what can I put in my recycling bin and boxes? page to help you sort your waste correctly.

Please note: do not put batteries in your rubbish or recycling bins - this can cause fires when compacted in the wagons.

2. Make sure your bins are out for collection by 7am on your collection day

We may not always collect your containers at the same time every week, so please make sure your bins are out by 7.00am to make sure you don't miss a collection. Bins should be placed at the edge of your property for collection.

Use our online tool to find your bin collection day.

3. Put your house number on all your bins

Make sure you clearly mark all your bins with your house number so that we can return them to the right house and to avoid them being stolen or vandalised.

4. Place your bin at the right collection point

If your property is on a shared driveway or private road your bin collection point will probably not be immediately outside your property. Your collection point will be at the end of the shared driveway or private road and next to the public highway. Some developments may have specific areas where you can leave your bins on collection days. We can't collect the bin if it's not left in the right place on collection day.

5. Bring your bins back on to your property as soon as possible after collection

Bins left on the street outside of collection periods are exposed to crime, arson, fly-tipping, litter and vermin.  If your bin is continually left on the street outside of collection periods we may be forced to repossess it and you will be charged for its return. 

Any loose waste left on the street as a result of not having a bin will be treated as an offence and may lead to prosecution. 

Bins should be kept on your property and put out no earlier than 6.00pm on the day before collection.  They should be returned to your property as soon as possible after collection.

6. Ask yourself "Do I really need my recycling bin emptying this fortnight?" 

You may not have enough recyclables to fill your bin every fortnight so ask yourself do you really need to put it out for collection.

7. Don't bag your recycling in your bins

Please do not use carrier bags as this is classed as contamination and may result in us not being able to empty your containers.

8. Do not place any extra bags of rubbish out with your grey bin

We will only collect rubbish contained within your grey bin so please do not place extra bags of waste out for collection as this will be classed as fly-tipping and may lead to further investigations by our enforcement officers. 

If you continually have extra bags of waste and are fully participating in our recycling schemes you can make a request for a larger bin.

9. Request larger recycling bins if you have too much material

If you occasionally have too much recycling material for your bins you can place extra recyclables out for collection in untied carrier bags or if you regularly have too much material you can request larger recycling bins.

10. Recycle even more of your waste by using the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC)

You can recycle batteries, wood, rigid plastics, hardcore, beverage cartons and much more at your local HWRC which will help to reduce the waste in your grey bin even further.

11. Book a skip through Waste Management if you are having a clear out or doing some DIY etc..

Waste Management operate a fast, competitive skip hire service with prices based on the location and skip size.  For more information please see skip hire.

12. Book a bulky waste collection for any large household items that you need removing.

See bulky waste collection.

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