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Waste and Recycling Information

We provide an alternate weekly collection of refuse and recycling to all properties in the Borough, one week your blue bin will be emptied and the following week your green bin will be emptied.

Items that go into your blue recycling bin

For more items that can go into your blue bin, please see the leaflet 'items that can go into your blue bin' in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of the page.

Blue recycling bags remain available to collect from the council for free for recycled material when your blue bin is full, but please do not put these bags in your blue bin. These will be collected if left at the side of your blue bin on your collection day. All recyclable items need to be loose in your blue bin. 

The reason for allowing side (additional) recycling in clear or blue bags is to contain it otherwise it would blow all over. As we are trying to eliminate plastic bags from the recycling stream we would not expect you to use bags inside the blue bins. If you continually present side recycling with your blue bin then we would advise that you contact the council to request an additional blue bin.

Please DO NOT put the following into your blue bin:

* The reasons we are unable to recycle shredded paper is that it is too small and light for the automatic equipment used in the Material Recovery Facility to segregate. Sensors used in equipment are not able to identify shredded paper and as such this becomes a problem in seperating this for re-processing. Shredded paper can also become lodged in conveyor belt mechanisms, it can blow around the Material Recovery Facility becoming a potential fire risk.

Here are some alterative things you can do with shredded paper:

Blue recycling bins may be rejected for collection if:

If your blue bin does get rejected, the refuse crew will leave a sticker on your bin. You should remove any contaminated waste that you have put into your bin for your bin to be emptied on the next collection day. Once you have done this, you can leave any additional waste in blue or clear bags next to your blue bin on your next collection day - blue bags can be collected FREE at the Municipal Buildings on West Street, Boston.

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Items that go into your green refuse bin

For more items that can go into your green bin, please see the leaflet 'items that can go into your green bin' in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of the page.

Please DO NOT put the following into your green bin:

Green refuse bins may be rejected for collection if:

Building materials, that is to say tiles, cement, brick rubble, plasterboard, etc from your home is NOT household materials and must NOT be put into any bin. Your bin will not be emptied if these items are in there.

If your green bin does get rejected, the refuse crew will leave a sticker on your bin to inform you. Like your blue bin, you should remove any contaminated waste that you have put into your bin for it to be emptied on your next collection day. Once you have done this, you can leave up to four extra black sacks next to your green bin on your next collection day.

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Items that go into your brown bin - please note this is a chargable service. To sign up visit Garden Waste Collection Scheme

Animal/food waste and vegetable peelings cannot be placed in the brown bin.

TOP TIP - To try to prevent grass cuttings from getting stuck at the bottom of the bin you can place a small amount of newspaper in the bottom of your bin as a liner.

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NO BATTERIES OR ELECTRICAL ITEMS TO BE PLACED IN ANY BIN

These items can be disposed of for free at the Boston Household Waste Recycling Centre, Bittern Way, Boston, PE21 7RQ, which is open 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm. You can bring your batteries into our reception at the Municipal Buildings, West Street, these can also be taken to most supermarkets for recycling.

Where do I find out when my collections are?

Please visit bins.boston.gov.uk and type in your postcode or street address and you will be presented with information showing your next collection day. You can also give us a call on 01205 311112.

Did you know facts...

If your bin has not been emptied

We only offer a recollection for green and brown bins if there is no reason logged on our system as to why your bin has been missed.

You can contact us via email at waste@boston.gov.uk or call the Customer Service Team on 01205 314200.

Assisted collections

We provide an assisted collection to residents who are disabled or infirm in some way, which would make it difficult for the occupier to pull their bin in and out for collection. If you require this service please call us on 01205 314200.

Extra bin collections

We can provide an extra bin to properties where there are six or more occupants living, an application form must be submitted. If a property has less than six occupants and are still struggling to manage their waste with one green bin then you can call us up to arrange a visit from an supervisor who will carry out a waste audit. If after the waste audit it shows that materials are being put into the correct container and being recycled, the supervisor will put your application through for a second bin to be delivered. If you feel you qualify for this service please call us, or see form below.

Related documents

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[1Mb] Waste and Recycling Guide Waste and Recycling Guide

The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.