Household waste collections
Waste collections in Swindon
We are committed to reducing waste and increasing recycling to protect our environment.
We collect your recycling boxes and black wheelie bin or blue bags every fortnight.
We will collect waste that is put in your containers and left out, clearly visible, at the closest point to the public highway by 6.30am on your collection day. Any waste outside containers won't be collected, and instead should be presented on your next collection day.
Your collection day depends on where you live. You can find your collection day using our online calendar.
You can also take household waste to the household waste recycling centre (HWRC).
Types of waste collections
|Type of collection||How often?||What's collected|
|Recycling boxes (including textiles recycling)||Fortnightly||
Recyclable materials other than plastics.
More information: Recycling collections
|Black wheelie bin or blue bags||Fortnightly||
Items you cannot recycle. For example, nappies, sanitary products, crisp packets and chocolate wrappers.
Plastics (in white or transparent bags)
Plastic recyclable materials. For example, plastic food tubs, trays and bottles.
More information: Plastics collections
|Food waste (in brown food caddy)||Weekly
(trial period starts September 2019 for some households)
More information: Food waste collections
|Green wheelie bin, black wheelie bin with a green lid, or green bag (garden waste)||Fortnightly
Garden waste. For example, grass cuttings, flowers and weeds.
More information: Garden waste
|Communal recycling (for flats and other communal buildings)||Fortnightly||
Clearly labelled wheelie bins for separate collections of:
More information: Recycling for flats and communally occupied properties
|Bulky waste||Scheduled on request
Large and free standing household items. For example, fridges, mattresses and home furniture.More information: Disposal of large household items (bulky waste)
|Clinical waste||Scheduled on request
(Weekly, fortnightly or one-off)
Hazardous clinical waste. For example, wound dressings, catheters and stoma bags.More information: Clinical waste collections
We will collect wheelie bins and rubbish bags that meet the requirements stated above.
If your rubbish has not been collected when you believe it should have been, you should report a missed collection by 12 midnight on the working day that follows the missed collection.
We offer an assisted collection for people who are physically unable to transport their household rubbish and recycling to the front of their property.