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Waste and recycling bins and boxes

To follow any changes to this service, visit the Council Service Updates page.

Find out what can go in your bins and boxes, order new ones, change your bin size or report a missed collection.

Free home composter scheme

You can now choose to exchange your brown bin with a new free home composter, focussing your efforts on recycling a greater range of household waste rather than throwing food waste away.

Find out more about the scheme on the Home Composting webpage:

Larger garden bin available

You can now choose to have a larger bin for your garden waste. An increase from 140 litres to 240 litres (more than 70 percent). This enhanced service only costs £39 a year for collecting the bigger bin.

For people with larger gardens this will reduce the need to travel to household recycling centres, reducing their carbon footprint.

If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please complete the form to register your interest.

Check your collection day

What can I put in my bin or box?

Choose a bin or box below and see what you can recycle at home.

Yes please:

  • Grass clippings
  • Hedge trimmings
  • Flowers and pot plants
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Small twigs and branches (no bigger than 100mm/4″ in diameter)

No thanks:

  • Food waste (including fruit and vegetables)
  • Plastic bags and bin liners (including biodegradable bags)
  • Soil
  • Cardboard
  • Animal waste, including pet litter and bedding
  • Other household waste, for example, nappies, vacuum cleaner contents, ash, metal, glass, plastic, newspapers, magazines, polystyrene or plastic plant pots

Please ensure the lid is flat and no excess waste is presented as it will not be collected.

Find out what happens next to your garden waste.

Plastic – yes please:

  • Plastic bottles
  • Toiletry/cosmetic bottles
  • Cleaning product bottles
  • Plastic food containers, for example, yogurt pots, margarine and ice cream tubs (we can accept all polymer types)
  • Plastic bottle tops and lids (we can accept all polymer types)

Please wash and squash cartons and bottles and put the lids back on.

Plastic – no thanks:

  • Black plastic containers
  • Carrier/plastic bags
  • Plant and paint pots
  • Polystyrene
  • Plastic toys and garden furniture
  • Plastic film
  • Plastic/foil pouches, for example, for food
  • Plastic piping
  • Crisp packets
  • Nappies
  • Food waste

Cardboard – yes please:

  • Any clean cardboard, for example, cereal boxes, toilet roll tubes, pizza boxes and egg boxes
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Greetings and coloured card without glitter
  • Food and drink cartons, for example, for soup, milk and juice

Please flatten all boxes and remove sticky or parcel tape.

Cardboard – no thanks:

  • Any cardboard which has food waste in it
  • Cardboard containers with a metal base
  • Card with glitter
  • Extra large boxes – please tear up into smaller pieces

Please ensure the lid is flat and no excess waste is presented as it will not be collected.

Find out what happens next to your plastics, cardboard and cartons.

Yes please …

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Directories and catalogues including yellow papers
  • All other paper
  • Shredded paper (in a carrier bag)

No thanks …

  • Cardboard
  • Wrapping paper
  • Envelopes
  • Sticky labels

Additional paper will be accepted in a carrier bag placed next to the blue box.

Envelopes can be recycled in the blue box if you remove the adhesive strip and plastic window as these contaminate the recycling process.

For health and safety reasons the collection crews can only empty North Lincolnshire Council scheme boxes.

Find out what happens next to your paper.

Yes please …

  • Glass – all glass bottles and jars including bottle tops and lids
  • Food tins
  • Drinks cans
  • Aerosol cans (without lids)
  • Aluminium foil
  • Sweet and biscuit tins

Please rinse out all glass, tins and cans before placing in your recycling box.

No thanks …

  • Light bulbs
  • Pyrex dishes
  • Window/broken glass
  • Plastic backed foil packaging, for example, pet/food pouches
  • Car batteries

For health and safety reasons the collection crews can only empty North Lincolnshire Council scheme boxes.

Additional cans will be accepted in a carrier bag placed next to the green box. For safety reasons we regret we cannot collect glass in carrier bags.

Find out what happens next to your glass, batteries, tins, cans, foil and aerosols.

Your green or grey bin is for general waste which cannot be recycled.

 We cannot collect…

  • Excess waste
  • Building materials
  • Soil and rubble
  • Asbestos

Please ensure lids are flat and no excess waste is presented as it will not be collected.

Find out what happens next to the contents of your general waste bin.

New or replacement bins or boxes

You can request new bins or boxes. In some cases there will be a charge.

Change your bin size

If you would like to recycle more, you can change your recycling bin size. If you live in a household of five or more people, you can request a larger recycling bin or larger general waste bin.

For medical issues, please read our medical collections information.

You can now choose to increase the size of either your burgundy or brown recycling bin by decreasing the size of your general waste bin.

You can have:

  • 240 litre burgundy bin, and 140 litre brown and general waste bins
  • 240 litre brown bin, and 140 litre burgundy and general waste bins

In other words, you are entitled to three bins. Only one of them can be 240 litre.

If you already have 140 litre general, burgundy and brown recycling bins you can exchange either the 140 litre brown OR burgundy bin for the larger 240 litre size, free of charge. If you do not have a bin to upsize you would need to purchase one.

Your existing bin(s) will be removed when the replacement bins are delivered. Once exchanged, if you wish to go back to smaller recycling bins and have a 240 litre general waste bin there will be a charge for a bigger 240 litre general bin.

In other words, if you find the 140 litre general waste bin is not big enough, you will need to pay to go back to a 240 litre general waste bin, and you will also have to reduce your recycling bin back to 140 litre.

Please see our fees and charges page for more information.

We provide larger wheeled bins for households that have five or more permanent residents. Larger families can choose from the following options:

  • Option 1 –1 x 240L burgundy bin, 1 x 240L general bin and 1 x 140L brown bin
  • Option 2 – 1 x 240L burgundy bin, 1 x 140L general bin and 1 x 240L brown bin
  • Option 3 – 1 x 140L burgundy bin, 1 x 360L general bin and 1 x 140L brown bin

If you do not have a bin you would need to purchase one.

All households requesting a larger bin need to complete an application form and must meet the following criteria:

  • there must be five or more permanent residents in the household
  • the household must receive an alternate weekly collection
  • the occupants are actively engaged in recycling and regularly use the kerbside and other recycling facilities now provided

Conditions for larger bin application:

  • the 360 litre or 240 litre bin(s) will be ‘on loan’ and remain the property of the council. Your existing bin(s) will be exchanged for the larger size(s).
  • at the end of the loan period you will be supplied with a replacement bin of standard size
  • provision will be reviewed annually
  • we reserve the right to visit the home address to confirm entitlement
  • as part of the loan agreement you are responsible for the bin and shall bear the cost of making good any loss or damage to the bin whether you continue with the service or not
  • to notify us of any changes of address

Provision of false information can result in the withdrawal of this service.

To apply for a larger bin please complete our online form:

You can now choose to have a larger bin for your garden waste. An increase from 140 litres to 240 litres (more than 70 percent). This enhanced service only costs £39 a year for collecting the bigger bin.

For people with larger gardens this will reduce the need to travel to household recycling centres, reducing their carbon footprint.

If you wish to take advantage of this offer, please complete the form to register your interest.

Visit our dedicated home composting page to find out how you can exchange your garden waste bin for a free home composter.

Report a missed bin or box

If your bin has not been collected, you can report it via this page.

Before you report a missed collection, remember to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Was your bin out on the correct date and time? (Containers should be presented by 6am for trade and 7am for domestic on your collection day.)
  • Was your collection day affected by a bank holiday this week?
  • Did your bin contain the correct material?

If your bins have been missed please be aware that we will carry out the following checks on our systems:

  • In cab
  • Crew reports
  • CCTV
  • Tracking

This checks whether the bins/boxes were presented on time or if there were any issues with the bins/boxes that have been logged on our systems, for example, contaminated or too heavy.

If, after all checks have been done, and the bin was missed by the crews we will return within three working days.

Please put your wheeled bins, boxes and small electrical items out by 7am at the edge of your property on collection day. We provide an assisted collection service for residents who are unable to present their bins and boxes for emptying.

Please do not report a missed bin or box until after 4pm on your collection day, unless your adjacent neighbours either side have been emptied as the crew can still collect until 6pm.

If you still believe that your containers have not been collected through no fault of your own, please complete the form below and we will investigate.

Please put your commercial wheeled bins out by 6am at the edge of your commercial premises on collection day.

To report a missed commercial collection, please email wastemanagement@northlincs.gov.uk

Returning your bins

We request that you return your empty bins to your commercial premises after they are collected. Do not leave your bins on the highway/pavement as under the Highways Act 1980 it is an offence to obstruct the highway including pavements.