New Recycling and Waste Service

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A new recycling service will be rolled out to residents of St Albans City and District from July. The changes will help to increase recycling rates and reduce the amount of money spent on sending waste to landfill. Leaflets will be delivered to houses and flats to provide more information prior to the service changes taking place.

The new service will be rolled out in a phased approach across the district between July and August. Once the new containers are received then they can be used ready for the first collections of the new service.

There are 4 key changes to the service

  • Plastics / cans and glass can now be mixed together and put in the black wheeled bin
  • Residents will receive a new, slimmer brown wheeled bin for non-recyclable waste
  • A weekly food waste collection will be introduced for all residents
  • Residents will also be able to present batteries and small electrical items in carrier bags next to their containers for collection weekly

Please see below for more information on the new service, including our FAQs.


Pease find below a list of frequently asked questions regarding the new service, which will provide you with additional information and guidance.

New Service Information Leaflet

Service Leaflet


This information will be delivered to all houses that use wheeled bins when the new containers are delivered. Alternatively you can download the leaflet below.

New Container Delivery Dates

To find out when your road will receive the new containers and the dates of the first refuse and recycling collections, please download the list below.

Properties Currently Using Purple Sacks

For residents currently using purple sacks for refuse collections, the service will continue as it currently does with only minor changes. A letter will be delivered to properties providing further details of the changes.
The key changes for residents on Fortnightly Purple Sack Collections are

  • Introduction of a Weekly Food Waste Collection 
  • Residents will also be able to present batteries and small electrical items in carrier bags next to your containers for collection
  • The number of purple sacks a resident can put out fortnightly for collection will be reduced from 4 to 3
Date of last review: 23 June 2016