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Environmental Services
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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01752 668000
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01752 304786

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We collect rubbish that can't be recycled once a week. Householders are given a 240 litre brown wheeled bin, or if they don't have the room to store or put out a bin for collection, they are given a reusable plastic bag.

What is taken in the brown bin or bag?

Examples of things you can put into your brown bin are:

  • Cling film
  • Cosmetics and creams
  • Crisp packets
  • Disposable nappies
  • Domestic batteries
  • Dust (from vacuum cleaners)
  • Food waste that cannot be composted at home
  • Plastic bags
  • Polystyrene
  • Pyrex
  • Sweet wrappers
  • Tetra packs
  • Toys
  • Videotapes

If you have a reusable plastic bag, items in the bag should be bagged up in plastic bags.

Hazardous waste and chemicals must be taken to the household waste recycling centres.

What cannot go in the brown bin or bag?

  • Asbestos
  • Car batteries
  • Chemicals
  • Computer monitors
  • Flammable items
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Heavy items
  • Hot ash
  • Liquids
  • Oil filters
  • Paint
  • Rubble or builders waste

Please put your bin or bag on the boundary of your property by 6.30am on the day of your collection (but not before 6.30pm the night before).

Assisted collections

If you are not able to put your bin out for collection due to age or disability and there is no one in your household that can help, you may be eligible for our assisted collection. You can download an application form below, or contact us for more information.

Need extra bins?

If your home has six or more people living in it please email or phone us to ask for additional bins. However, if you recycle you should have enough room in your bin or bag.

Need a smaller bin?

If your wheeled bin is too big for your household's needs and you are not producing much rubbish, please contact us and we will be happy to replace it with a smaller 140 litre bin.

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