Alternate week bin collections

About alternate week bin collections

To make our bin collection service more efficient and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, we are introducing alternate week bin collections across the Bradford district.

The initial pilot is in the Wyke ward area (Thursday collections) only.

View a map of the pilot area (PDF)

This means that the collection day for your recycling waste (grey) bin will change. Your collection day will be a Thursday.

  • Your general waste (green) bin will be emptied one week and your recycling (grey) bin will be emptied the following week. Your general waste (green) bin will not be emptied weekly.
  • All recyclable items can now go in one bin (the grey bin or grey bin with blue lid)
  • If you have a bin insert you do not need to use it any more
  • You do not need to separate your paper anymore, this can go in with other recycling items
  • You can now also recycle plastic food trays, yoghurt pots, margarine/butter tubs and drinks cartons/TetraPaks
  • Your collection day will be the same day for both bins but emptied on alternate weeks.

When will my bins be collected?

Your general waste (green) bin will be emptied one week and your recycling (grey) bin will be emptied the following week. You can check further bin collection dates online

What can I put in my recycling bin?

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  • Catalogues
  • Junk mail
  • Cardboard
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Office paper
  • Envelopes
  • Aerosol cans
  • Aluminium foil
  • Drinks cans
  • Food cans
  • Glass bottles
  • Glass jars
  • Plastic bottles
  • New - plastic food trays
  • New - margarine/butter tubs
  • New - yoghurt pots
  • New - drinks cartons
  • New - TetraPaks
  • Wallpaper
  • Plastic bags
  • Mirrors
  • Sheets of glass
  • Paint or oil cans
  • Pyrex
  • Polystyrene

Download our mobile app and get bin reminders

If you have a smart phone or tablet, you can download our free app from the Google Play store or Apple App Store. It will remind you when to put your bins out for collection. Just search for Bradford Council.


  • Put your bins out by 6.30am on the collection day.
  • Make sure access to your bin is clear. If it isn't, your bin may not be emptied
  • We will only empty one general waste bin per household
  • Bins should have the lid closed with no waste at the side
  • You must put the right thing in the right bin. Bins containing the wrong things will not be emptied.
  • The bin policy remains in force during this pilot.

You can also order another recycling bin free of charge.

Excess waste or large items can be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre where as much as possible will be recycled.

If you can’t take your waste to a Household Waste Recycling Centre you can request a bulky waste collection. A small charge is made for the service.

Frequently asked questions

Why Wyke?

Wyke has a good representation of different types of housing, common across the District.

Will all areas have to do this?

Yes, the plan is that all areas of Bradford will eventually go to alternate week bin collections.

What other items can I put in my recycling bin?

You can now also recycle plastic food trays, yoghurt pots, margarine/butter tubs, drinks cartons and TetraPaks.

Do I still need to separate my paper/card?

No, you do not need to separate your paper/card anymore, this can all go together in your recycling bin with other recycling items.

Which bin should I use?

All recyclable items can now go in one bin, you will have a recycling bin or a grey bin with blue lid, either of these can be used for recycling.

Do I still need my bin insert?

No, if you have a bin insert you do not need to use this anymore. 

I forgot to put my bin out last week so have extra waste next time.

It is the responsibility of each household to remember to put out the correct bin on the correct collection day. Excess waste because you forgot to put your bin out, must be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

I don’t think I will be able to fit all my waste in one bin which will only be emptied every two weeks.

If you put the right things in the right bin and recycle as much as possible, you will have enough room in your general waste bin for everything else. All other Council areas in West Yorkshire have been having their waste collected this way for a long time.

I have lots of recycling. Can I put extra recycling out with my recycling bin?

Householders should not place excess recycling or non-recyclable waste at the sides of bins.

Occasional excess recyclable waste should be taken to a local recycling bring site at the nearest supermarket for instance, or Household Waste Recycling Centre, where it will be recycled. However, if you regularly produce a large amount of recyclable waste, you should call 01274 431000 to request an additional recycling bin, which is free of charge.

Why am I only allowed to put out one general waste bin?

Every tonne of waste in the general waste bin costs Council Tax payers on average £130 a tonne more than if it was recycled in the recycling bin, so the more green bins that are put out the greater these extra costs are to Bradford residents. As part of Bradford Council’s Domestic Waste & Recycling Policy, we will only empty one general waste bin per household per week. The Council simply cannot afford to carry on paying for residents not separating recyclable waste.

Why can’t I put extra waste out that won’t fit in the bin?

Excess waste should not be placed at the side of bins. It is unsightly, may create a hazard for pedestrians, attract animals and pests or result in littering. The Council reserves the right to take enforcement action where a household continues to present side waste.

Does the lid on my bin need to be closed?

All bins should be presented for collection with the lid closed. This is to prevent spillage or odour problems, access by animals and pests, nuisance or accidents to staff or members of the public.

If I squash my lid down is that ok?

Yes. We encourage residents to make the best use of the storage capacity of the bin by compressing the waste in it.

Is it OK to put my garden waste in my general waste bin?

Do not put garden waste in your general waste bin, contaminated bins will not be emptied. You can still sign up to the garden waste collection service. You can also take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or you may wish to make your own compost.

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