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We are making changes to the way we collect your rubbish from 6 November - most households will change to a rubbish collection every other week, in a wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag provided by us. Recycling and food waste will continue to be collected weekly. Collection days and times may change. Please see details below.

Look out for your wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag being delivered to your home from 25 September to early November, ready for the start of the new collection service from 6 November.

On Monday 25 September we started the delivery of wheeled bins to homes across Bath and North East Somerset. You will receive a welcome pack with your wheeled bin or re-usable rubbish bag which will include:

  •  An 8 page leaflet (see copy below) with full information on how to use the new service and a reminder of all the things you can recycle each week
  • A new collection calendar for 2017-18 showing your collection day and Christmas collection information - please check carefully as your collection day is likely to have changed. To help you get used to your new collection day you can sign up for texts for the first 3 months to remind you when your collection is due. Text your postcode to 07520 631700 to receive a reminder

  • Two stickers for you to put on your green boxes to help you sort your recycling

Please make sure you read our FAQ about the coming changes!



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Register for text message reminders for your new service

For waste collection reminders when the new service starts in November, sign up for the SMS text service.

Text your postcode to: 07520 631700

Check your bin allocation

We wrote to you in March with your Council Tax Bill to let you know how the changes affect you.

You can now check your new bin allocation in advance of the 6th November changes.

Check your new bin allocation

If you have missed the opportunity to query your rubbish container allocation please contact Council Connect.


Figures show that locally, the average black plastic bin bag is still being more than half-filled with recyclable items such as food – which is leading to ripped bags spilling waste onto the streets. Providing wheeled bins or gull-proof sacks across the authority will help to reduce the amount of rubbish on the streets – particularly food waste –and will help tackle the scavenger problem.

As 75% of household waste can be recycled, the actual volume of rubbish being placed in the black bin can be reduced significantly for most local households. The experience of families elsewhere and the Council’s own tests show that the average household which recycles all of their waste would still have space left in their bin by collection day.

There may be areas in central Bath that are not suitable for every other week collections of rubbish and the Council is working with ward councillors, Residents Associations and other groups to come up with the right solution.

Something wrong with your bin/bag delivery?

If there is something missing or wrong with your delivery...

Report an issue with the bin or bag delivered to your home


Wherever possible we ask that you recycle as much as you can and use the waste container provided. However we recognise that there are exceptions, if this is the case you may...

Request to change your bin allocation

We will assess your request during the next six weeks and respond to you.




Calling all recyclers - we want to hear from you. 

We need all kinds of resident recyclers to star in our campaign in 2017. Instead of using generic pictures, we want real Bath and North East Somerset residents! We want you to show us how you recycle, to encourage others to recycle more, and to help them get ready for the change to every other week rubbish collections starting in November. If you're interested in becoming a recycling star please email wastecampaigns@bathnes.gov.uk or click here for more information.

To make it easier for you to recycle more you can now order free recycling containers online www.bathnes.gov.uk/orderacontainer

You can also order recycling containers from Council Connect 01225 39 40 41

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