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Household waste - rubbish collections

Bolton Council is responsible for the collection and disposal of household waste and provides collections for household waste, recycling and bulky items. Please see the following pages:

Grey bin collection
Burgundy bin collection
Beige bin collection
Green bin collection
Food waste container collection
Assisted collections
Bulky collections

Industrial Action - Thursday 10 July 2014

You may be aware that a day of industrial action for public sector workers has been called by GMB and UNISON, Bolton Council’s main Trade Unions, for Thursday 10 July 2014.

Unfortunately this means that waste and recycling collections will be affected.

No bins will be emptied on Thursday 10 July and we will not empty the bins before the next scheduled collection day.

Therefore, if your grey, beige, burgundy or green bin is due to be emptied on Thursday 10 July, your next collection will take place on Thursday 24 July. The next collection of the food waste containers will take place on Thursday 17 July.

To help manage your waste:

  • Use all your recycling containers to their full advantage!
  • Use your burgundy bin to recycle all your plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, foil and foil trays, aerosols and food and drink cans.
  • Use your beige bin to recycle all your paper, cardboard and drink cartons (Tetrapaks).
  • Recycle all your raw and cooked food and garden waste in your green bin or food waste container. If you are concerned that your food waste may smell you can double bag it using the compostable food waste liners provided by free of charge by Bolton Council.
  • Double bag your general waste if you are concerned that it may smell.

Any additional waste can be taken to one of the Household Waste Recycling Centres which are located at

  • Hurstwood Court, Raikes Lane Industrial Estate, Bolton, BL3 2NH open 8am to 8pm 7 days a week.
  • Salford Road, Over Hulton, BL5 1DG open 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 5pm on Sunday and Bank Holidays.

For more information on the Household Waste Recycling Centres visit www.recycleforgreatermanchester.com.

On your next scheduled collection day:

  • Do not leave any bags at the side of your grey or green bin and food waste container as they will not be collected.
  • Do not put general waste in your recycling bins.
  • We can collect additional recyclable waste from your burgundy and beige bins as long as it is put in clear, untied plastic bags and left at the side of your bins. Please make sure you separate the waste as though you would for your bins. For example make sure plastic bottles, foil and foil trays and food and drink cans are put in separate bags to your paper, cardboard and drink cartons.

We are sorry for any disruption and inconvenience the industrial action may cause you. Please remember not to put any of your bins out for collection on Thursday 10 July as they will not be emptied.

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