Bin and box collections
Due to unforeseen operational issues over the Twelfth holiday period, we had to make necessary changes to our bin and box collection schedule in some parts of the city, delaying some collections until 21 and 22 July.
Check if your street is affected.
Bin and box collections
Please recycle as much as possible to avoid over-filling your general waste
We have two types of collection in Belfast:
If you have a general waste bin, a recycling bin and compost bin:
- All bins are collected fortnightly - recycling bin one week,
general waste and compost bin the next week.
- In most cases, your collection day is the same each week.
- If you have a purple glass recycling box it may be collected on a different
day to your wheeled recycling bin.
If you have a general waste bin, red and black recycling boxes and a green
food waste bin:
- Your general waste bin is collected fortnightly.
- Your recycling boxes and food waste are collected weekly (on the same day).
- Your collection day will be the same day of the week as your general waste
Using your bin
- Always leave your bin out by 7am, and keep it out until 8pm if it hasn't
- Leave it at your bin collection point and return it to your property after
- Don't overfill your bin - make sure the lid closes properly.
- Don't leave waste next to your bin as we can't collect it and you risk an
£80 fine (see exception below).
- If using a wheelie bin liner, make sure you remove it from the rim of your
bin before collection.
- Don't put electrical or bulky items in your bin. Instead book a
- Keep your bin clean, disinfected and in good repair.
- Don't put waste in or take waste out of a bin you don't own or control.
- We'll only collect one general waste bin per property, unless there are
exceptional circumstances, where:
- there are six or more people living in the
- someone with a medical condition in the property
requires another bin for their waste.
Remember, we can't collect side or bagged waste left beside bins or
in entries; this is littering and you could be fined £80.
Please try to separate your waste as best you can. If items which we cannot
recycle are found in recycling bins it’s called contamination. If household bins
are contaminated, it is likely that a whole bin lorry of waste could be
contaminated and all waste in it could end up in landfill. If this happens our
staff cannot empty the bin and will put a contamination label on it.
It’s very important that we put the correct
items in our recycling bins. Below are five handy tips to help avoid
contaminating recycling bins.
what goes in your recycling bin
- Look out for recycling
labels on packaging to help identify whether it is recyclable or not.
- Try to recycle items you are sure we collect - such as plastic bottles,
papers, cardboard, plastic tubs and trays, tins and cans. And try to recycle
from every room in the house.
- If in doubt, leave it out – don’t put an item in your
recycling bin if you are not certain we can recycle it. (We cannot collect
recycling bins with items such as dirty or wet paper or card, glass or nappies).
- Empty and rinse all containers before you put them in your wheeled bin.
Putting the wrong materials into your recycling bins or boxes?
If you put the wrong materials in your recycling bins or boxes, we can't
collect them. It could contaminate our whole collection and all waste in the
lorry may have go to landfill. We'll put a non-collection tag on it telling you
why it wasn't collected. Please remove the offending item, dispose of it
correctly and put your bin or box out on the next collection date.
goes in my bins for more information.
Braille on bins
We can provide blind and partially sighted residents with tactile plaques for
their bins. These plaques are attached to bins and boxes so residents can tell
If you would like these plaques for your bins, please call us on 0800
032 8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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