Tips to manage your waste

If you struggle to fit waste that can't be recycled in your new 140 litre bin then follow the hints and tips below:

    • Ensure you're using all the recycling containers available to you.
    • Pierce sacks to remove unwanted air, and compress the bag to reduce its size. 
    • If you have lots of plastic tubs and trays stack them inside one another to reduce the amount of space they take up and squash them where possible.
    • Flatten any bulky items where possible. 
    • Take small electrical goods to one of the recycling centres.
    • Buy loose fruit, vegetables and meats to reduce the number of plastic trays.
    • Plan your meals for the week, to avoid buying excess food and creating additional packaging waste.
    • Take any old clothing to charity shops or cut up and use as dusters etc.
    • Occasionally wash your bin with disinfectant to keep it clean and fresh. 
    • For further information on how you can reduce the amount of waste you produce in the first place visit
    • For advice about reusing items visit

Waste audit request   

You can apply for a waste audit if:

  • there are six or more permanent residents in your household;
  • there are three or more people in nappies in your household;
  • one or more residents in your household have medical conditions which result in the production of extra waste (non-clinical) e.g. packaging or incontinence pads.

If you have any other medical condition that affects your waste and recycling collections apply for help and support. All applications are treated in the strictest of confidence and assessed on an individual basis.

Any request for a waste audit will result in a visit from a Recycling officer.

If an additional bin is requested this may only be considered if you are using all the recycling bins available to your property.

You can request recycling containers online.

Alternatively, you can request help and support

Apply for help and support

You can apply for help and support if you struggle to fit everything in your bin or need advice to help you recycle more.

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