The Council needs every household to separate their household waste into recyclable and non recyclable waste. To make our bin collection service more efficient and reduce the cost of waste disposal, we are introducing alternate week bin collections. Alternate week collections will start from 2 May 2017 in the Keighley and Shipley constituencies and from 4 July 2017 for the rest of the Bradford district.
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Please be aware that, from 30 May residents living in Bradford will be able to put recyclable items all in one recycling bin.
If you live in a location which is hard to reach with a full size bin lorry, you may have a caddy for recycling glass, cans and plastics, as well as a blue bag for paper and card. Residents on rural rounds will not be affected by alternate week collections as this stage.
You may also have a garden waste (brown) bin. There is now a charge to have your garden waste bin emptied. The payment for the service is £35, payable in advance.
If you need a free recycling bin you can order one online. You can have more than one recycling bin.
If you have 7 or more people living in your property and need a larger general waste (green) bin please call 01274 431000.
Please see the full version of our Domestic Waste & Recycling Policy (PDF, 104kb) for more detailed information.
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.
Only one general waste bin for non-recyclable waste is permitted per household. We will remove them if requested, so that they can be cleaned and reissued.
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.
As part of the Council’s Domestic Waste & Recycling Policy only one general waste bin will be emptied per household collection.
No. The payment you make is an administration and delivery charge. The bin remains the property of the Council.
We recommend that each bin should be clearly labelled with a house number. Refuse collection crews will be noting which houses have more than one general waste bin and we will arrange to take away surplus bins, if requested.
Yes. We encourage residents to make the best use of the storage capacity of the bin by compressing the waste in it. All bins should be presented for collection with the lid closed. This is to prevent spillage, access by animals and pests and accidents to staff or members of the public when the bin is being emptied into the vehicle.
Some common types of damage to bins, such as to the wheels and lid, can be repaired and the Council offers a free bin repair service. Some damage though is not repairable and you will need to order a new bin. If you think your bin needs repairing, please request a repair online or call 01274 431000 and our staff will advise you.
We appreciate that the one green bin per property policy may cause problems for larger families, so households with 7 or more permanent residents may apply for a larger 360 litre general waste bin.
The Council will offer advice and information on recycling and will conduct a waste audit to determine if a larger capacity bin is required for general waste. This may mean that you are swapping two general waste bins for one large one.
Refuse not emptied on the collection day as a direct result of service failure will usually be removed by the end of the following day. If you need to report a missed collection, please use our online service or download the Bradford App. Alternatively you can call 01274 431000.
The Council will only empty one bin per collection per household even after a missed collection. Additional waste should be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.
The Council will only empty one general waste bin per collection per household; it is just not possible to allow exceptions to this policy. Extra waste can always be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre, or you can arrange for a bulk waste collection or call 01274 431000 to arrange one (a small charge will apply).
If you have limited space, we understand that another bin might not be convenient for you. Please call 01274 431000 and we will arrange for our Recycling team to talk to you about alternative options.
As part of the Council’s Domestic Waste & Recycling Policy all households will be offered a recycling bin so you can conveniently recycle household waste at home.
However, if your household always disposes of your recyclable waste in a responsible manner you can ask us to take away your recycling bin. The Council will still reserve the right to take enforcement action against those continually put recyclable waste in the 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. Alternatively, you can take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre or you may wish to make your own compost.
Householders should not place excess recycling or non-recyclable waste at the sides of bins. Excess waste is unsightly, may create a hazard for pedestrians, attract animals and pests or result in littering.
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.
It is the responsibility of all households to comply with the Council’s new Domestic Waste & Recycling Policy. Households which continue to present more than one bin for collection, leave side waste beside a bin or contaminate their waste bins may face enforcement action from the Council.
It is the responsibility of the Council to encourage every householder to recycle. If we fail to do this, we will face increasing costs that will ultimately come out of the Council taxpayers’ pocket.
The Council has designed its new waste collection service in a way that enables refuse and recycling services to operate effectively and efficiently. If everyone follows the guidance, this will allow us to maximise recycling and reduce the amount of waste going to treatment and landfill.
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.
If you have a smart phone or tablet why don’t you download the free app from the Google Play store or Apple App Store? It will remind you when to put your recycling and waste bins out for collection.
The Council’s new Domestic Waste & Recycling Policy does not affect residents who are on a black bag collection service. Your collection arrangements will remain the same. However, you must not dispose of recyclable waste in your black bag so please contact the Council to order recycling containers if you do not yet have them.
There are a number of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) banks located around the District.
Householders should retrieve their wheeled bin to a storage area after it has been emptied on the same day as collection, or as soon as possible afterwards, to avoid creating an obstruction or hazard for pedestrians.
Householders should not leave their bins at collection points, on the footpath or on the road for an extended period without the permission of the Council. The Council reserves the right to take enforcement action where a householder fails to retrieve their bins in a timely manner.
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.
Where a bin has been filled with the ‘wrong’ type of rubbish e.g. general waste in a recycling bin, we say that bin has been ‘contaminated’. As part of the Council’s Domestic Waste & Recycling Policy, waste collection crews will empty contaminated recycling bins on one occasion only, if it has a visible yellow tag on the handle.
Householders can get a yellow tag by calling 01274 431000. They may also be given a tag by a Waste or Recycling Adviser or a Council Warden.
The collection crew will note that the bin has been emptied and you must only use the recycling bin for recyclable waste after that collection.
Households which continue to contaminate their recycling bin, put out excess side waste for collection, or present more than one general waste bin for collection may face enforcement action from the Council.