Request a bin or bag
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.
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.
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.
Exchange your bin - size
The standard bins are 240L – if you don’t have much rubbish and your bin is too big, we can exchange it with a smaller 140 litre bin.
If you only have a 140L size brown bin, we can exchange it for a 240L where necessary but encourage you to recycle as much as you can in your green bin – you can find out what can be recycled here.
Exchange your bin - damaged
We can exchange broken wheeled bins or small 140L wheeled bins for a larger 240L bin. You must bring the bin to Chelson Meadow for exchange and give us 24 hours’ notice before collection.
If you still don’t feel that you have enough space for your rubbish and recycling, you can request a bin, but you will require a visit from a recycling officer to assess the situation first.
If your bin/bag has been damaged or stolen you can collect another one from Chelson Meadow;
Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm
Friday from 9am to 3pm
Any damage to containers proved to be the fault of the Council will be replaced and delivered free of charge. If the damage is not caused by the Council, replacement containers will be free but there is a charge (£15) for delivery.
Replacement bins/bags are free, however there is a delivery charge of £15 for a waste bin or they can be collected for free from the Chelson Meadow. Please ensure your vehicle is large enough to carry a wheeled bin.
Due to high demand there may be a three to four week delay in your container request being approved.
New or replacement bags
Some households have been assessed as needing bags for waste and recycling rather than bins. You can collect a recycling bag from Chelson Meadow or 1st Stop shop, or we can deliver it. You'll need to bring a reference number and proof of your address to collect your bag - fill in the 'request a bag' form below to get your reference number.
Before collecting bins or bags you must complete the online form and have received a reference number.
You can take any garden waste including soil to one of our Recycling Centres at Chelson Meadow or Weston Mill. All garden waste received at the recycling centres goes back to supporting local agriculture.
Between 1 April and 31 October we also operate a green garden waste collection scheme from your home. You can put up to four Plymouth City Council branded bags out for your garden waste per household per collection. Find out more: https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/gardenwaste