Extra-large black refuse wheelie bin replacement

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From September 2019 the Council is removing all extra-large wheelie bins (360 litres in size) at all applicable properties in Waltham Forest and replacing them with a new free standard sized (140 litre) bin. This is part of a Borough-wide initiative to remove all out-dated extra-large bins which are nearing the end of their working life-span.

As wheelie bins get older, they are more likely to get damaged or break as a result of prolonged wear and tear. Due to their size, the extra-large bins get particularly heavy when full which puts them at greater risk to breaking and falling while they are lifted by the waste collection vehicle and emptied each week. After assessing the condition of these bins, the Council has concluded that they pose a risk to the health and safety of waste collection operatives to empty, and therefore need to be removed.

All households with an extra-large wheelie bin will be replaced with a new standard sized black bin for refuse. This should be used for leftover general waste only which cannot be recycled in either the green dry recycling or brown food & garden waste bins. All general waste must be placed inside the black refuse bin; the Council will not collect side waste, overflowing waste or additional bags of refuse.

If you would like an additional green recycling or brown food & garden waste bin the Council will deliver one to you for free on this occasion; please follow the instructions on how to order new bin in the Can I order another green recycling or brown food & garden waste bin? section below.

For further information on this initiative please refer to the frequently asked questions below.

​All extra-large (360 litre) bins are approaching the end of their working life-span; at this stage bins are at their greatest risk of breaking whilst being lifted by the waste collection vehicle as they are emptied. Due to their excessive capacity, the extra-large bins can become particularly heavy when full, making them more likely to break and fall when they get emptied by a refuse vehicle.

The Council has deemed that the bins pose an increasing health and safety risk to the waste collection operatives emptying them and therefore has decided to remove them from all properties across Waltham Forest. The Council has not kept a stock of extra-large bins for the last 20 years, and therefore we are unable to provide a replacement bin of the same size.

    Up to 70% of the items collected in black refuse bins across Waltham Forest can be recycled, however currently only 33% of items are being recycled correctly. As a result, in 2016 the Council updated its policy for handling requests for black refuse bins for street-level households to encourage residents to use their green recycling and brown food & garden waste bins more. These policy updates are summarised as:

    • the Council no longer supplies more than one black refuse bin per property; and
    • if a resident makes a black bin replacement request (e.g. because it was damaged), the Council will remove the old bin and deliver a standard sized (140 litre) replacement bin.

    Earlier in 2019 the Council declared a Climate Emergency for the Borough and supports reasonable measures to reduce the Borough’s impact on climate change; by increasing the proportion of materials we collect for recycling the Borough can take a significant step towards improving its impact on the global environment. You have therefore been delivered a standard sized black refuse bin to align with this Borough-wide policy. We encourage you to use your green recycling and brown food & garden waste bins for dry mixed recycling (i.e. paper/ card; metal tins/ cans; glass bottles & jars; and plastic pots, tubs, trays and bags) and food & garden waste, respectively.

      Waltham Forest Council will not provide an additional black refuse bin to a house if it already has one. The Council has advised waste collection operatives not to empty additional black refuse bins if there is more than one per household.

        No, the Council has not kept a stock of extra-large bins for the last 20 years and no longer provides households with them.

          All general waste must be placed inside the black bin for it to be collected. The Council will not empty overflowing black bins or collect side waste including rubbish in black bin bags.

            No, if either the green or brown bins contain general waste they will be classed as contaminated and will not be emptied. The green bin is for paper/ card, metal tins/ cans, glass bottles & jars, and plastic pots, tubs, trays and bags only, which is sent for recycling; the brown bin is for food and garden waste only, which is made into compost.

            If you put incorrect items into the green or brown bins you may be issued a fixed penalty notice and be asked to pay a fine of £80.

              Yes, on this occasion we will deliver a new green recycling and/ or brown food & garden waste bin for free if you want one, either standard size (140 litre capacity) or large size (240 litre capacity). To order this please email wasteteam@walthamforest.gov.uk stating:

              • the type of bin you would like to order, either a green recycling bin and/ or brown food & garden waste bin (note you can order both types if you wish);
              • the size of the bin you’d like, either standard size (140 litre capacity) or large size (240 litre capacity);
              • your full address;
              • and please state that your extra-large black refuse bin has recently been replaced.