Changes to collections

From 8 May 2017 we're changing bin collections in Plymouth to an alternate weekly system. This means we'll collect your recycling one week and your non-recyclable rubbish the next week.

Most other areas of the country have already successfully introduced this type of collection.

We'll be writing to you during April to let you know which week your brown and green bins will be emptied and remind you what can be recycled.

Read our frequently asked questions for more information.

Why we're making these changes

We're making the changes to increase recycling, which will protect the environment and reduce costs.

At the same time we want to make our streets cleaner by stopping extra bags of rubbish being left next to bins.

Garden waste

Garden waste collections are made each fortnight between 9 April and 2 November. To improve our service we'll be changing the collection days from 8 May 2017. This means your garden waste bag may no longer be emptied on the same day as your green bin.

The letter we send you in April will tell you what your new garden waste collection day will be.

What you need to do

To help make Plymouth cleaner and greener and to avoid any problems please:

Put your bins/bags out at the right time on the right week

  • Check which week to put your green and brown bins/bags out using the calendar we are sending you or our online bin day checker
  • Put your bins/bags out before 6.30am on collection day (but not before 6.30pm the evening before)
  • Please return your bins/bags to within your property boundary before midnight on the day of your collection

Put the right stuff in the right bin

There should be enough room in your bins even though they will be emptied less often. Our research shows that most bins are currently less than three quarters full and that up to 20 per cent of rubbish in brown bins could have been recycled.

You can make sure there's enough room in your bin if you:

  • Put all recyclables in your green bin
  • Squash cartons and cardboard boxes to make more room
  • Reduce the amount of food waste you throw away

Avoid smells and litter

You can help keep your street clean and prevent your bin from smelling by:

  • Remembering to put the right bin out on the right week
  • Using bags in your brown bin
  • Wrapping any wet and smelly rubbish (this also helps avoid flies)
  • Double-wrapping nappies and pet waste
  • Keeping bin lids closed
  • Not storing rubbish beside bins