Guidance about what can go in your bins and information about the collection service.
- Blue bin - what items go in from your:
- Garden waste - what goes in the bin
- Grey bin - household items that cannot be recycled
- Days of collection
- Battery recycling
- Large unwanted item collection
- Additional bins
- Help for elderly and infirm
- Missed collections
- Lost or stolen bins
- Householder's duty of care - your responsibilities
Your blue bin is for paper, card, mixed food & drinks cans, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and plastic bottles only.
Only put the following items into the blue bin. We will take flat packed cardboard next to the bin if it is too large to place into the bin.
Plastic - shower gels/shampoo & conditioner bottles
Plastic - hand soaps & cosmetic bottles
Plastic - household cleaning fluid bottles
Cans - empty aerosols & deodorants
Cardboard - toiletry boxes, toilet roll tubes, tooth paste boxes, hand soap boxes & cosmetic boxes
Plastic - milk bottles
Plastic - pop, water and soft drinks bottles
Plastic - fabric & conditioner bottles
Plastic - household cleaning bottles
Plastic - yoghurt pots & margarine tubs
Cardboard - cereal boxes & egg boxes
Cardboard - other cardboard packaging
Cans - food and drink cans
Paper - newspapers, magazines and pamphlets
Paper - junk mail, envelopes & writing paper
Cans - empty aerosols
Cans - drinks cans
Remember to take your glass bottles, jars, trextiles, shoes and Tetra Pak cartons to one of our bring banks. The remainder can be placed either in the grey bin if it is rubbish, or green bin if its garden waste. To locate your nearest bring banks.
Your garden waste bin is for green organic garden waste.
It now costs residents £35 per year for us to collect one green bin. Each additional bin costs £20 per year. Find out more about the garden waste scheme.
Your grey bin is for household waste that cannot be recycled or composted in your blue or green bin or at bring sites.
Please wrap food waste in paper and/or plastic bags before placing in the bin and keep the lid shut. Make sure bags are free of air as this takes up space in the bin. Think carefully about what you are throwing away- can it be reused or recycled?
Find your day of collection and colour of bin being collected with our online refuse collection calendar.
Please note: Garden waste customers that live in the Newark and Sherwood area need to use the Newark and Sherwood online refuse collection calendar.
- On your collection day, place your bin at the edge of your property at the nearest point to the footpath or highway, closest to where the collection vehicle passes. It will be returned to this position.
- Collection date calendars are delivered to every household once a year (if you need a new calendar, contact us).
- Bins will only be emptied on the days shown on your collection calendars.
- We will only empty bins that have closed lids and no extra waste will be taken.
We collect your used batteries. Put your used household batteries in the bag provided, place on any colour bin, any week and we will recycle them. Find out what batteries we collect.
For a small charge we can collect your large household items.
If there are five or more people in a household or where two or more children are in nappies, you may be entitled to an extra grey bin. We will need to check to your waste to find out what your need is.
We understand that not everyone is able to manage a wheeled bin, so we offer an assisted collection service. If you are struggling with your bin, contact us online and a waste advisor will decide whether we can help you out. Please note that if you live with an able-bodied person then you will not be offered an assisted collection.
If your bin has been missed, complete our online report a problem form to contact us. However, if you have forgotten to put your bin out, you will need to wait until the next collection day, or take your refuse to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.
If your bin goes missing, complete our online missing bin form or contact us. We’ll investigate what happened, and hopefully be able to find it. If your bin is damaged, it will generally be replaced free of charge. If the damage is as a result of misuse, you have to pay for a replacement.
Householders are legally responsible for making sure their waste is disposed of by an authorised waste carrier. If you use a waste carrier who doesn't have the correct licence and your waste is dumped illegally (fly tipping), you are responsible and will be liable to prosecution and could be fined up to £5,000.
So, always remember to check the licence of a waste carrier you employ and note their licence numbers. People that would need a waste carriers licence are odd jobbers, gardeners, builders and others offering a waste collection services.
Rushcliffe Borough Council is exempt from holding a waste carriers licence because we are a Waste Collection Authority and hold a Waste Management Licence (WML No:43426).