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Read about the recent changes to the way we manage planning applications.

Changes to the waste and recycling service 2017/18

Our waste strategy

Waste and recycling is an important service used by every household in South Gloucestershire. Our updated Waste Strategy sets out our plans for the service from 2015 to 2020 and beyond to make sure that we reach our recycling targets and provide a service that can cater for our growing population.

Black bin exchange

What is happening?

From Monday 15 January 2018 we will start to replace the old 240 litre black bins with new 140 litre bins. The change to the bins is taking place as part of our waste strategy to improve recycling and reduce black bin waste.

How will the bin exchange work?

  • We are changing the black bins for every house in South Gloucestershire. We are following normal collection routes and will cover two collection routes each day. The whole process to will take around 12 weeks to complete.
  • Your black bin will be emptied as normal by our collection crews. A team will follow the collection vehicle, remove the wheels from the old bins and stack the bins, ready to be removed later in the day.
  • Another team will deliver the new 140 litre bins by following the same routes from a different start point, so you may have your new bin delivered before your old bin has been emptied and removed.
  • Each new bin will have an information pack under the lid about the bin and will include a leaflet about recycling from home.
  • Once the bins have been changed for a route, teams will revisit the area to check for problems and collecting any old bins that were missed during the main exchange.

Frequently asked questions about the changes


Most household waste can be recycled from home, so make use of your weekly recycling collections – check what can be recycled.

If you have a clear out, use a Sort It recycling centre to dispose of large quantities of waste

If you have children in nappies, use our disposable nappy bag service to leave more space in the black bin

If you are recycling everything you can every week and are still struggling with your black bin waste, visit our ‘Special circumstances’ page to find out how we can help you.

What else has changed?

Recycling – in June we made the changes below to recycling collections:

  • Recycling containers are emptied every week.
  • Green boxes can be used to sort recycling instead of a mixture of bags and a box. You can carry on using the white bag and green bag with the green box to sort your recycling if you wish.
  • Cans, aerosols and foil are now mixed with plastic bottles, tubs and trays in a green box or the white bag. You still need to sort other items so they can be separated into different compartments on the vehicles.
  • Cartons (Tetra Paks) are now mixed with cardboard in a green box or the green bag. You still need to sort other items so they can be separated into different compartments on the vehicles.
  • Large cardboard boxes should be cut or folded down so they are no larger than the green box.
  • Motor oil and car batteries are no longer collected from the kerbside and should be taken to a Sort It recycling centre.
  • Purple bags for disposable nappies are available for families with children under 5 years old to help manage their non-recyclable waste.
  • Discounted reusable nappy kits are available through our Happy Nappies scheme.

What isn’t changing?

  • Black bins are still emptied every two weeks, even after the change to smaller bins.
  • Recyclable items should be sorted in your boxes so they can be separated into compartments on the vehicle. For example, keep glass separate from paper and keep cans and plastics separate from cardboard and cartons. Check how to use your containers.
  • Food waste is still collected every week. You can use plastic bags to line your food bin and kitchen caddy.
  • Garden waste is collected every two weeks with a subscription or booked sack collection. The green bins will not be reduced in size.
  • Communal bin collections from flats continue to take place every two weeks. Bins for flats will not be reduced in size.

Waste Strategy 2015-2020

This sets the strategic objectives, policies and plans for 2015–2020 and beyond. Outlining our key drivers, our current performance, the services we provide and proposed changes to those services.

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Members made the decision to implement the waste strategy at the Environment and Community Services Committee meeting 6 July 2016.

You can find the background papers for the strategy on the links below:

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