Your bin collection service is changing
From 3 October, 2016, rubbish and recycling collections will alternate in Blackburn with Darwen.
People will still have a collection every week – one week rubbish will be collected from the burgundy bin, the next week recycling will be collected from the grey bin.
This will help the Council to save money and help us to protect frontline services, as well as having benefits for the environment. This change is designed to improve recycling rates and reduce the costs of refuse disposal as well as refuse collection.
This will help us to save money that we can use to protect frontline services and will also have benefits for the environment.
Provision will be made for larger households with four or more occupants, who are recycling, to be able to exchange their 140 litre burgundy bin for a 240 litre burgundy bin on request. Find out more or sign-up to a mybwd account for personalised information about your collection dates and more.
For all recyclables. This is collected fortnightly.
We can only empty your grey bin if it contains loose recyclable items only so no bags please. This means:
- No plastic carrier bags inside your bin
- No side waste in plastic bags
We need to reduce contamination including food, carrier bags, nappies, polysterene and black bin bags. The crews need to see what is in your bin so no more plastic carrier bags are allowed.
If you collect your rubbish in a plastic bag in the kitchen, then continue to do so but instead of throwing it in the bin when it is full, simply empty it into the bin and start again.
We can no longer collect side waste in carrier bags so please squash items to make 50% more room in your bin. If you leave extra recyclable bags beside your bin on collection day, they wont be collected.
You can order an additional grey recycling bin free of charge
What you can put in your grey bin
Cans, glass, plastic, paper-based cartons, paper and cardboard, margarine/butter tubs, yoghurt pots, clear plastic food trays, takeaway trays, most plastic packaging.
Before you put anything in your grey bin
- Rinse out all recyclable items; food leftovers cause hygiene problems and can mean otherwise good recyclables have to be landfilled.
- Remove all lids and tops from bottles and jars and put them in your burgundy bins. We cannot recycle these.
- Remove any labels from bottles and cans if possible and rinse them out
Some plastic yogurt pots and trays can be placed in grey recycling bins if have they have the correct recycling symbol on them.
On the base of the pot or tray there should be symbol (a number inside 3 arrows) that identifies the types of plastic the item is made of.
If the code is 1,2 or 5 you can place the item in the grey recycling bin.
Any other number cannot be placed in the grey recycling bin.
Some households are members of our green waste collection scheme and are provided with a brown bin which to put this in, to be collected on a fortnightly basis. Please check your collection dates on the MyBins wesbite.
You can put these items in your brown bin
Grass cuttings, hedge clippings, leaves, branches, weeds, dead plants, flowers
You can't put these items in your brown bin
Plastic bags (tip contents out of bags if in the "yes please" list"), plant pots, stones, rubble, soil, general rubbish, food
Lost, missing and replacement bins
Please note that replacing a burgundy bin incurs an administration charge of £20 per bin.
Bins often reappear because someone has mistakenly taken the wrong bin after collection. This is why we usually only send out a replacement bin if the original bin still hasn't turned up after your next scheduled collection . Our advice is to ask your neighbours if they may have taken your bin by mistake.
If any of your bins have been lost, stolen or damaged or you are a new occupier to a property where there are no bins on site please use this form.
You can request a new or replacement bin form by completing a form at MyBwd Account.