Bin collection changes

Large Item (Bulky Waste) Service Changes

Bulky waste collections are being moved from a Saturday-only service to a Monday to Friday service as part of the ongoing effort to modernise and improve Birmingham City Council’s refuse collection service.

The new Monday to Friday service launches on Monday 12th November 2012, and as under the current system, up to six items can be collected at any one time – with each household entitled to three collections per year free of charge.

All the available appointments for the existing Saturday collection service are now full. Appointments for the new service will be available from Tuesday 30th October. If you wish to book a bulky waste (large Item) collection online you can only do so after that date and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Alternatively you can take bulky items to one of the City’s 5 Household Recycling Centres for free disposal.

Green Waste Collections Winter 2012/13

Green waste collections will, as usual, be temporarily suspended during the winter by Birmingham City Council.

Past trends show that citizens tend to garden less during the winter months and produce less green waste, but anyone who still wishes to dispose of green waste can take it to their Household Recycling Centre or consider switching to a more sustainable solution – such as composting their own garden waste and kitchen vegetables.

The last green waste collection will take place on the fortnightly cycle starting Monday 26th November and will resume from Monday 25th February 2013.

Compost bins can be purchased from or by calling 0845 130 6090.

General domestic refuse

We collect refuse from domestic properties on the same day once a week. Collections happen every day, Monday to Friday, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day in which case collections will take place the following week. Every six months we give each house a roll of 26 refuse sacks, free of charge. Tower blocks and other multi-occupied homes might be provided with large containers instead of refuse sacks. We empty these at least once a week, more frequently if necessary.


Most households in Birmingham now have a doorstep collection service.

We collect:

  • Paper and card from your blue box, every fortnight
    Glass, bottles and jars, food and drinks cans and plastic bottles from your green box, every fortnight
    Green sacks containing garden waste on alternate weeks to the above.

If you don’t currently have a doorstep collection of garden waste, we can collect up to two black bags of burnable garden waste (not soil or rubble) with your general domestic refuse.

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