What is my collection day?
When should I leave my waste and recycling containers out for collection?
How do I receive collection day reminders, tips on recycling or service announcements
Why was my container not collected?
What happens if my bin is not emptied due to severe weather conditions?
Can I put extra waste by the side of my bin?
What do a I do if I need an extra waste or recycling bin?
How do I get a recycling container or replacement grey bin?
I need help putting my bins out for collection
How can I manage my waste effectively?
How much do bins cost?
How can I prevent my bins from being stolen or vandalised?
How can I keep my containers clean?
What happens to my recycling waste?
How else can I recycle my garden waste?
Where is my nearest tip or Household Waste Recycling Centre?
How can I recycle electrical items?
How can I recycle my unwanted furniture?
What else can I do to reduce my waste?
What is clinical waste and how can I dispose of it?

What is my collection day?

To find out when your next bin collection is, simply enter any part of your address (e.g. house number or postcode) into the box below.
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When should I leave my waste and recycling containers out for collection, including bank holidays?

We will empty your waste and recycling containers between 7.30am and 6pm on your collection day, including bank holidays. Please put your containers at the edge of your property by 7.30am and help us by making sure we have access to your street by parking vehicles responsibly.

Please be aware that if your bins are not at the edge of your property when the collection takes place, we will not return to empty the bins until the next scheduled collection day and excess waste will not be taken.

Please bring your bin in after it has been emptied. Leaving your bin out could result in bin fires or your home being at risk of burglary. 

Bin collection reminders, recycling tips and service announcements

To subscribe to bin collection reminders for your property, simply enter any part of your address (e.g. house number or postcode) into the box below, select your own address from the results provided and click the 'Go' button when it is shown.
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Why was my container not collected?

Sometimes your waste or recycling container will not be collected for the following reasons.

  • Bin not out for collection - Waste and recycling collections take place between 7.30am and 6pm. If your bins were not at the edge of your property when the collection took place, we will not return to empty the bins until the next scheduled collection day and excess waste will not be taken.
  • Bin lid is up - Please remove any waste from your bin that is keeping your lid open and make sure that your bin lid is closed on your next collection day. We will not remove extra bags.
  • Bin is too heavy - Please remove any heavy objects from your bin for your next collection. We will not remove extra bags.
  • There are items we cannot recycle – Only put items that we can recycle in your recycling container. Use the lists on the recycling bin pages or on your recycling calendar to check what we will collect. Remove the non recyclable items from your container before your next collection.
  • Access problems - The crew may be unable to collect due to parked vehicles, skips or road works in your area. Please call 01204 336632 for further information.
  • Weather - Sometimes we will be unable to collect due to snow, ice or flooding. Please call 01204 336632 for further information.  

If your collection is missed and none of the above apply, call Access Bolton 01204 336632 or email wasteandrecycling@bolton.gov.uk before 5pm the next working day after your collection was due to take place.

  • We will return to empty grey bins and food waste containers within 2 working days after the missed collection is reported
  • We will return to empty missed green bins on the same day the following week
  • We do not return to empty missed recycling, but will take an excess on the next scheduled collection day if presented in clear carrier bags.

What happens if my bin is not emptied due to severe weather conditions?

If the weather conditions prevent bin collections taking place for more than seven days and we cannot guarantee the collections will take the following week, the Council will set up collection points across the borough where residents can take their waste. The location of these collection points will be available on the Council's website, at the One Stop Shop and the local media. 

Can I put extra waste by the side of my bin?

We will not remove extra bags from the side of grey bins and would ask that your bin is presented with the lid closed. 

What do I do if I need an extra waste or recycling bin?

To promote the use of all recycling bins and encourage the reduction of waste, Bolton Council provides one of each grey and recycling bin to each household. There are, however, certain criteria which may allow a second bin to be allocated.

These are:

  • More than six people permanently resident in the household. Visitors or guests cannot be included.
  • Two or more of the residents of the household in nappies.
  • One or more of the residents with a medical condition which results in the production of extra waste. E.g. packaging or incontinence pads

To request a second waste or recycling bin Do it online, email wasteandrecycling@bolton.gov.uk or call 01204 336632. Please note a second grey bin will only be considered if residents are recycling. 

How do I get a recycling container or replacement grey bin?

You can order a free recycling bin online or get a replacement grey bin by:

There is a charge of £40.00 for missing, stolen or vandalised grey bins and grey bins for new properties. Your grey bin will only be delivered after payment has been made.

If your grey bin is damaged by wear and tear or during collection, the Council will repair or replace the bin free of charge.

I need help putting my bins out for collection

Assistance with bin collections is provided for residents who, for reasons of age, infirmity, mobility or health problems are unable to place their bins out for collection. To apply for an assisted collection please email wasteandrecycling@bolton.gov.uk or call 01204 336632. 

How can I manage my waste effectively?

  • Keep containers out of direct sunlight
  • Ensure waste is properly contained in bin liners rather than being thrown loosely into the bin
  • Keep the bin lid closed
  • Clean bins regularly
  • If you have children in nappies, nappy bags are available at the One Stop Shop and local UCAN centres free of change
  • Please remember that leaving loose or bagged waste and household furniture in the street could be classed as fly tipping and may result in a fine. Keeping our community clean, tidy and cared for, stops the spread of rats and other vermin and makes it a far nicer place for everyone.  

How much do bins cost?

There is a charge for missing, stolen or vandalised grey bins and grey bins for new properties.You can purchase a replacement 240 litre grey bin at a cost of £40 or choose to purchase a 140 litre grey bin for £10. The 140 litre grey bin is the same height as the 240 litre grey bin and slimmer.  Your grey bin will only be delivered after payment has been made.

If your grey bin is damaged by wear and tear or during collection, the Council will repair or replace the bin free of charge.

All recycling containers (burgundy bins, beige bins, green bins, food caddies, green boxes and paper sacks) can be ordered free of charge

How can I prevent my bins from being stolen or vandalised?

All containers should be kept within the boundary of your property and where possible in a locked garden/yard or bin store and only placed out on your collection day. Please bring your containers back in as soon as you can after collection. You can also put your property number on your bin or mark it in some way to identify it as yours. Please take care not to damage your bin. 

How can I keep my containers clean?

If you are able to, you can clean the bin yourself. There are also many private specialist companies that can clean your bin for you. Details can be found in your local telephone directory. 

What happens to my recycling waste?

The Recycle for Greater Manchester website has lots of information on what happens to the waste we collect from your burgundy bin, green box, beige bin, clear sack and green bin. 

How else can I recycle my garden waste?

Other ways to recycle your garden waste are:

  • Grass cycling - This is an excellent way of recycling grass cuttings. Simply leave the cuttings on the ground instead of throwing them away, they will turn into nutrients and act as a fertiliser in the soil.
  • Home composting - Home composters can be used to recycle fruit, vegetables, peelings and garden waste. To order a reduced priced composter visit the home composting link on the right hand side of this page.
  • Household waste recycling service - Garden waste can be taken to the household waste recycling centres. For locations and opening times please visit the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.  

Where is my nearest tip or Household Waste Recycling Centre?

Please visit our Tips and recycling sites page or the Recycle for Greater Manchester website for information on the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Bolton. 

How can I recycle electrical items?

Hurstwood Court, 'Raikes Lane' is now accepting unwanted electrical household appliance for re-use. If you have a washing machine, tumble drier or electric cooker in good condition that you would like to donate, please take it to Hurstwood Court and speak to one of the site operatives. More information about the scheme.

If you have any other electrical household appliances that you would like to recycle, please visit either of the two Household Waste Recycling Centres in Bolton

How can I recycle my unwanted furniture?

Since Monday 28 February 2011 Hurstwood Court, 'Raikes Lane' accepts furniture that is in a good condition to be re-used. The new service is being delivered in partnership with Bolton Community Transport. If you have an item of furniture that you would like to donate, please visit Hurstwood Court and speak to one of the site operatives. Check what furniture can be re-used, click on the Bolton section of the furniture donation map.

Alternatively Bolton Community Transport can come and collect them. Call 01204 364777 for further information.  

What else can I do to reduce my waste?

Go to Recycle for Greater Manchester for information on:

  • Reducing your waste
  • Re-use (including furniture, electrical and real nappies)
  • Composting
  • Love Food Hate Waste
  • Energy Saving  

What is clinical waste and how can I dispose of it?

Clinical waste is mainly produced by hospitals, doctors' surgeries and veterinary practices, but also arises from residential homes, nursing homes and private households.

Examples of clinical waste include:

  • Human or animal tissue
  • Blood
  • Syringes

Please note: Bolton Council is not licensed to remove any clinical waste apart from syringes (Sharps).

Contact Sharps on free phone number 0800 731 9835 for a speedy response and advice.

The following items are not classed as clinical waste and as long as they are well wrapped can be placed in your grey bin:

  • Disposable nappies Items used to dispose of urine, faeces and other bodily secretions or excretions
  • Used disposable bed pans and bed pan liners
  • Incontinence pads
  • Stoma bags
  • Empty urine containers where there is no risk of blood contamination

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