Brown Bin (or purple bin bags)

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Refuse Collections 

The Council will only collect 1 brown bin (or 3 purple sacks) from each household per fortnight.
Please ensure that all the waste fits within your bin with the lid closed ready for collection from 7am. 

If you have any excess waste which doesn't fit in the bin this either needs to go in the bin once it has been emptied or disposed of in an appropriate manner, such as taking it to the household waste site.

We are aware that in some instances excess waste was being taken by crews against the policy and this has an impact on our efforts to increase our recycling rates as well as costing the Council more money to send the waste to landfill.

In order to help improve the districts recycling performance we are now ensuring that only the appropriate amount of waste is collected.

We appreciate your support in helping us work towards our recycling targets.

Date of last review: 04 November 2015

Brown Bin Image

yesYES to everything else that can't be recycled.


noExcept  paint, building rubble, metal, electrical goods, construction & demolition waste. Please take these to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Purple Sacks


You can present 3 purple sacks per fortnight if you live in a property unsuited to wheeled bins. This provides the same capacity as a standard size brown wheeled bin. Purple sacks are delivered in 2 installments a year, each with a supply of sacks to last 6 months. If you do not receive a delivery of sacks then please email wastemanagementservices@stalbans.gov.uk or call 01727 809019 to order more. 
Date of last review: 24 August 2016