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Containers - what is provided

The majority of households in Plymouth are issued as standard with one green and one brown 240L wheeled bin container. In most cases, there is enough space in both the brown and green wheeled bins, if you manage your recycling and waste carefully, though larger households will be assessed on a case by case basis to see if they need more.

Exceptions: Wheeled bins are not appropriate for all properties, so in some circumstances households are issued with green and brown bags, or, where necessary, access to a communal container.

Assisted collections

If you have additional needs and require further assistance with your recycling and waste, this will also be assessed on a case by case basis, but you can potentially ask for an assisted collection.

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Making the most of your bin space

To make the most of the space in your bins, make sure you know what goes in each bin and what can and can’t be recycled. A lot of materials can now be recycled in your green bin or bag, from hard plastics to glass jars and bottles, and if you flatten cardboard boxes and squash plastic milk bottles you will create more space and be able to recycle more.

Larger items that don’t fit in your bins can be taken to one of our recycling centres.

Exchanging a damaged bin

You can apply to exchange a damaged bin following the link 'Request a Bin' below.

Request bins for a new development

If you are a landlord or developer and you’re not sure what bin provision you need contact us by clicking the following button.

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We are currently experiencing delays of up to six weeks. If you are waiting for bins please do not re-apply. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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