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Communal waste and recycling bins

Communal general waste bins

Most flats, sheltered accommodation and apartment complexes in the borough have large communal bins (shared bins) provided to them rather than wheeled bins.

Help us to give you the best service possible

  • Refrain from putting bulky items into the communal bins. If you have large items to dispose of, they can be taken to one of the local household waste sites or the Council can collect it for a charge.
  • Use the correct bins for your waste. The green bins are for recycling only and cannot have general waste put into them.
  • Shut the bin lids after use; leaving them open could attract flies to the area.
  • Ask neighbours and visitors to keep bin collections in mind when parking; many flat collections do not take place when scheduled due to access issues.

What can you put in to the communal general waste bins?

  • Bagged household waste only – this does not include electrical items or DIY waste. 

Bins provided

Flats, apartments and sheltered accommodation complexes are serviced in a different way to households.  The size and number of bins depends on:

  • number of residents
  • storage space
  • access for residents and collection staff

Bulky items left in bin areas

Leaving furniture or bulky items within the bin store area is not permitted and may prevent us collecting your waste and recycling.  You should dispose of it at your local household waste site, alternatively the Council can collect for a charge through the large household item collection scheme.

Communal recycling bins

Where space is available and where it is agreed with landowners/management companies, communal recycling facilities are available for residents of flats, apartments and sheltered housing accommodation to recycle mixed glass, cans, plastic pots, tubs, bottle, trays, cardboard and paper.

Help us give you the best service possible:

  • Please do not put bulky items into the communal recycling bins
  • Use the correct bins for your recycling and waste; do not use the green recycling bins for household waste as they will not be collected
  • Shut the bin lids after use
  • Ask neighbours and visitors to keep bin collections in mind when parking; many collections do not take place when scheduled due to access issues.

What can you put into the communal recycling bins?

Green recycling bin

The green recycling bin can be used to recycle the following items only:

  • Cardboard (please break down any large cardboard boxes)
  • Aerosols (empty)
  • Waxed cartons
  • Steel and aluminium tins and cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • Mixed glass bottles and jars

 Blue wheeled bin

The blue wheeled bin can be used to recycle the following items only:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Envelopes
  • Junk mail
  • Telephone directories
  • Brochures
  • Computer paper

Please DO NOT put these items into the recycling bins:

  • Clothing or textiles
  • Footwear
  • Food waste
  • Electrical items
  • Nappies
  • General household waste

Bins provided

Flats, apartments and sheltered accommodation complexes are serviced in a different way to households. The size and number of bins depends on:

  • number of residents
  • storage space
  • access for residents and collection staff

It is imperative that the correct bins are used for the right waste.  If you are unsure about whether an item can be recycled or not please email environment@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or contact Customer Services on 0800 269098 for advice.

Bulky items left in bin areas

Leaving furniture or bulky items within the bin store area may prevent us collecting your waste and recycling.  You can dispose of it at your local household waste site. Alternatively the Council can collect for a charge through the large household item collection scheme.