Your bins

Your black rubbish bin

  • Your black bin is emptied once a fortnight
  • We’ll only empty the bin and won’t take extra rubbish left beside or on top of it
  • You can recycle or compost around 80 per cent of your waste by putting the right stuff in the right bin
  • Your black bin is 180 litres. This is slightly smaller than your other bins because we need to reduce the amount of non-recyclable rubbish we collect.
  • Do not make your bin too heavy. The lifting arms on our vehicles may not be able to empty it

What to put in your black rubbish bin

  • Nappies
  • Plastic bags
  • Cling film
  • Wrappers
  • Crisp packets
  • Sweet packets
  • Broken toys
  • Polystyrene
  • Duvets
  • Pillows
  • Non-recyclable rubbish

What not to put in your black rubbish bin

  • Hot ashes
  • Liquids
  • Large items
  • Heavy materials like car parts, stones or rubble
  • Hazardous materials
  • Batteries 

What happens to black bin waste

Your black bin waste is taken to Milton Keynes Recovery Park which is a new facility that uses mechanical, biological and thermal treatment to recover as much value from your waste as possible. Firstly your waste is put onto a number of conveyor belts which carry the waste through separating machinery which pick out items of recycling that have been accidentally put in the wrong bin like tin cans and plastic bottles. Any food or biodegradable waste is also removed. The recovered recyclable items are then sent to be recycled and the food and biodegradable waste is put into an aerobic digester. In the anaerobic digester the waste is broken down to produce a biogas which is used to generate electricity and a compost-like material which can be used on brownfield sites. Everything else is treated using an advanced thermal technology; this produces syngas which is used to generate electricity. The electricity which is generated is fed back into the national grid.