Reducing waste and maximising space in your bins

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What if my rubbish won’t fit in my bin, will the council take extra black bags?

Excess rubbish that does not fit in your black bin will not be collected, this includes rubbish left in sacks on top of or next to your bin. Please make sure the lid on your bin is closed so that it can be safely lifted by the vehicles.

Rubbish left in sacks next to the bin will be left behind and if your bin is so full that the lid cannot close the whole bin may be left uncollected.

If you are struggling to fit everything in, it probably means you are not recycling as much as you could. 80% of rubbish in the average bin can be recycled, so reduce what you throw away, recycle as much as you can and only buy what you need and will use. 

How can we reduce waste?

  • Only buy what you need, and opt for items with less packaging if possible.
  • Recycle as much as possible - 80% of black bin waste can be recycled. 
  • Order a food waste bin or use the one you have and make use of the weekly food waste collections.  
  • Plan your meals and make a shopping list so you only buy the food you need and will use. Visit Love food, hate waste website for more hints and tips on reducing your food waste. 

Where should I put nappies? 

Nappies will continue to be collected in your black bin and collected every fortnight from Monday 18 October 2021. We suggest that nappies are wrapped tightly and bagged before being placed in your black bin as this should reduce space and smells. If you are a larger household of five or more with a baby in nappies you can apply for a larger bin. 

As a childminder, I produce a lot of waste – what should I do?

Your kerbside collection is a household waste collection. If you are producing excess rubbish because you are running a business from home, you will need to look for a commercial waste collection. 

Someone in my household is incontinent, will we get extra collections or a bigger bin as a result?

No, there will be no extra collections for residents using nappies or incontinence pads. We would advise you to wrap incontinence pads, tie them tightly in a bag to reduce the smell and put them in your black wheelie bin. 

If your household does produce a lot of incontinence pads, we may be able to provide you with a larger bin.

Waste and recycling team : Contact details

For further information, please contact us by:

Waste Management Unit - Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Town Hall, St Ives Road
Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Telephone: 01628 683800