Why has my bin not been collected?
Reasons why the bin may not have been collected:
• Bin out on the wrong day
• Bin not out by 7am
• Additional bags or bin overflowing
• Wrong type of waste in bin
• Bin not at collection point
• No access/obstruction
What if I forgot to put my bin out?
Your bin will not be collected until your next collection. However, you can take household waste to the household waste recycling centres.
What if I put my bin out on the wrong day?
Your bin will be collected on the next collection day.
My household bin isn't big enough - can you provide extra capacity?
You can check your bin collection day online.
One household (green) bin is allowed and any extra waste should be taken to the household waste recycling centre.
If you have a valid need for more capacity such as a very large family, we will carry out a check on what you are throwing away to see if there is a way we can help you reduce it.
A large bin may be offered but you will have to pay for this. More than one garden (brown) or blue bin is allowed.
My bin is damaged - can I have a new one?
You can report a damaged bin online. Your bin will be repaired where possible or, if not, a replacement will be provided. Replacement containers may not be brand new but will be of a useable standard.
Why collect food waste?
Here are a few reasons. Households in the UK throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food waste each year, most of this could have been eaten. The effect on our finances is equally shocking, the average UK family wastes £680 worth of food each year. Your actions will help us to compost food waste that would otherwise end up in landfill sites. Rotting food in landfill generates methane – a greenhouse gas that is 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.
Where are my local recycling collection points?
There are 23 recycling banks or 'bring sites' available across the Borough.
The following items can be recycled at various locations:
Consider taking textiles to local charity shops. Glass recycling facilities are also available at pub car parks in 18 locations across the Borough.
Recycling collection points near you are available to view online.
What food waste can I recycle?
You will be able to recycle all your raw and cooked food waste, including the following:
• Meat and Fish – raw and cooked including bones
• All dairy products such as egg and cheese
• Raw and cooked vegetables and fruit
• Bread, cakes and pastries
• Rice, pasta and beans
• Uneaten food from your meals
• Tea and coffee grounds
What cannot go in the food waste collection?
Please do not put any of these materials into your brown bin with your food waste, as they can cause problems at the treatment plant:
• Packaging of any sort
• Foil trays and tin cans
• Paper plates
• Plastic bags
• Oil or liquid fats
We will not be able to empty your brown bin if it contains any of these items
What do I do with my food waste?
There are a number of ways you can deal with your food waste; you could wrap the food waste in a sheet of newspaper prior to putting it into your brown bin. If your bin is located far from your kitchen, you could use a plastic tub, such as an ice cream or margarine tub, to collect your food waste in, and then empty it as required into the brown bin. If you want to wrap it in a bag it must be a compostable bag.
They are sold at:
• Tesco, Foxhole Road
• Asda, Clayton Green
• Booths, New Market Street
• Morrisons, Brooke Street
You can check if it is a compostable bag because it will have the recycling logo on the packet. No other bags can be used. If you wish to buy a kitchen caddy they are available to buy in local shops.
If you do wish to use a kitchen caddy you can line it with newspaper or a compostable/paper bag but NOT a plastic bag as these will not break down to make compost.
Will my bin smell and be messy?
No, not if you wrap your food waste up in newspaper and keep the lid closed. Putting newspaper in the base of the bin will also help to keep your bin cleaner.
Will having food waste in my brown bin for two weeks attract vermin or flies?
If you keep the brown bin lid closed, flies, maggots or vermin will not be able to get to the waste.
If you already compost at home, please continue to compost your fruit and vegetable peelings at home! Making your own compost is the most environmentally friendly way of dealing with uncooked food waste and garden waste.
What happens to my food waste?
Once we have collected your food waste, it will be taken to Farington Waste Technology Park and treated in an enclosed composting hall.
The compost is heated and monitored to produce a safe end product which will be used for land remediation across Lancashire.
What if I don't have a brown bin?
If you don't have a brown bin you should continue putting waste in the green bin as normal.
If you don't have a brown bin but want to recycle food waste contact us and we will be able to discuss this with you.
Can I compost at home?
Yes. Over half of the rubbish in most household bins can be composted instead of being sent to landfill. By composting at home you can turn your rubbish into a valuable conditioner to improve the structure, texture and aeration in your soil, helping your garden to bloom. Items such as fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags, egg shells, cardboard and of course your green garden waste can all be composted.
People with larger gardens may have too much garden waste to compost in a home compost bin so they can also fill their brown bin with their garden waste and food waste which is then taken away and composted.
A home compost bin scheme is in operation throughout Lancashire. To find out more about composting or to order a bin visit the Get Composting website or Tel: 0844 571 4444 (calls charged at 5p per minute from a BT landline; other landline or mobile operators may vary).