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.

  • Paper and card - Recycling box 1
  • Glass bottles, jars, cans, aerosols and foil - Recycling box 2
  • Textiles - Placed in a separate white or transparent plastic bag

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.

More information:

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)

Food leftovers. 

More information: Food waste collections

Green wheelie bin, black wheelie bin with a green lid, or green bag (garden waste) Fortnightly
(subscription service)

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:

  • Paper and card
  • Glass bottles and jars, tins, cans and foil

More information: Recycling for flats and communally occupied properties

Bulky waste Scheduled on request
(paid-for service)

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

Missed 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.

Assisted 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.

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