Bin and box collections
Easter holiday collections
If your usual bin or Bryson recycling box collection day falls on Monday 13 April (Easter Monday), your bins or boxes will be collected on Saturday 11 April. Bin or Bryson recycling box collections due on Tuesday 14 April will be collected as usual.
Coronavirus update: changes to waste services
Last updated: Friday 3 April 2020
This page gives information on which waste services have been suspended, which are running as usual and what to do with coronavirus waste. We are reviewing our service delivery on a daily basis. Please check this page or our social media regularly and share updates with neighbours and friends who may not be online.
Waste and recycling collection services
- From Wednesday 1 April, normal collections have resumed for black, brown and blue bins. Please present your bins for collection on your usual collection day. Blue bins that were missed will be collected on the next scheduled day. Find your bin collection day online.
- Bryson recycling box collections are continuing as usual. From 6 April, you will need to sort your recycling differently. Find out how to sort your recycling from 6 April (opens in new window).
- Purple glass recycling box collections have been suspended. If possible, please continue to separate and store any glass waste until our normal collection resumes.
- The wheelie box trial in north Belfast has been suspended. Please put your food and garden waste into your brown bin for collection. If possible, please continue to separate and store any recyclable waste until our normal collection resumes. If this is not possible, you can put these into your black bin.
- We're unable to deliver green food waste bags at this time. If you have none left, you can put food scraps into your brown bin without a bag, or wrap them in newspaper instead.
To help our crews as much as possible, you should:
- not leave side waste or extra rubbish bags next to your bin, as we can’t collect them
- sort your recycling properly
- ensure you wash your hands, before and after handling your bins or recycling boxes
- wipe the handle of your bin and boxes down after you leave it at your usual collection point
- not approach our staff and follow social distancing guidance
- make sure disposable gloves are placed into your black bin once you’ve finished using them
- visit NI Direct for more advice on bin hygiene and fly-tipping
You must not put items such as used tissues or disposable cleaning cloths into your recycling bins or boxes. This is very important.
If you have suspected, or confirmed coronavirus, before you put items such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths in your black waste bin, you should:
- double-bag them, tying the bags securely
- keep them separate from other waste for 72 hours before putting them into your black waste bin for collection
Recycling centres and civic amenity sites closed
Our recycling centres and civic amenity sites are now closed. This is for the safety of our crews and the public.
New black bin orders are suspended
If your black bin has been lost or stolen please email email@example.com or call 0800 032 8100.
Bulky waste collections suspended
We’re not taking new bookings for bulky waste collections.
Thank you for your continued support and patience in these challenging circumstances.
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If you have already reported a missed bin collection to us by phone or using our online form please follow the instructions you received.
Bin and recycling box collections information
Please recycle as much as possible to avoid over-filling your general waste
We have two types of collection in Belfast:
For 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.
For 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
- 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. Book a
bulky waste collection for these.
- 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.
Please try to separate your waste as best you can. It’s very important that you put the correct items in our recycling bins or it can contaminate a whole bin lorry of waste. This waste could end up in landfill.
Our staff cannot empty a contaminated bin and will put a contamination label on it.
Below are five handy tips to help avoid
contaminating recycling bins.
- What goes in my bins? - Belfast City Council
- 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