Black bins are emptied once a fortnight in St Edmundsbury.
Use our Bin collection round search to check which day your bins are collected. Collection days may change over holiday periods. See our Bank holiday bin collections page for information.
Please make sure your bins are at the collection point by 6.30am on collection day.
What can I put in my black bin?
Your black bin is for most things that don't go in your blue or brown bins including nappies, pet waste, cooked food, plastic bags, polystyrene,and 'hard plastics' such as CD cases. You should try to recycle as much waste as possible in your blue or brown bin, or by taking it to your nearest Recycling Bring Bank or Household waste recycling centre. Please see Your guide to recycling (PDF 137Kb) for full details of what you can put in each bin.
Hazardous waste such as paint, syringes and gas canisters cannot be disposed of in your black bin. Please phone us to arrange a special collection of these types of materials.
What is side waste and why can't I leave it out to be collected?
Side waste is any rubbish that will not fit into the wheeled bins provided to you by the council. To encourage residents to correctly separate their waste for recycling we will not collect any excess waste created. Additional household waste can be taken to your local Household waste recycling centre.
How do I minimise smells coming from my black bin?
We recommend that any food waste that is placed in your black bin is immediately wrapped in a sealed bag to minimise any smells coming from your bin and the lid is shut at all times. You may also like to consider home composting as a method for diverting food waste from your bin.
How do I stop flies?
We recommend that any food waste that is placed in your black bin is immediately wrapped in a sealed bag to minimise any smells that will attract flies. Please see Preventing maggots in your black bin (PDF 47 Kb) for more information.
My bin is damaged/split
Periodically wheeled bins may split. If this has happened to one of your bins please contact us and report the damage. A replacement bin will be delivered as soon as it can be arranged.
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The Rubbish Diet Challenge launch leaflet (PDF 565Kb)