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Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:00

bin man and cartBin collections are moving to alternate weeks starting from June 5, helping the council “reduce costs against the backdrop of ever-shrinking budgets".


General waste will be collected one week, and recycling and glass the next.

Southampton City Council says more than 70% of councils across the country have already successfully moved to alternate weekly collections, and many have reported an increase in recycling rates.

It says moving to alternate weekly collections will reduce collection and disposal costs, increase income from recycled materials and “by recycling right we can all help improve and protect the environment for future generations”.

binsCouncillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport at said:


“Southampton City Council has made the decision to introduce alternate weekly collections, which will help us to reduce costs against the backdrop of ever-shrinking budgets.

“The change will only affect houses in the city at this stage, with the majority of flats and apartments continuing to have weekly collections.


“We understand that some residents may have concerns about waste being collected every other week, however, I can assure residents that the service will continue to be efficient and meet the needs of the city. We are confident that by taking a few simple actions most households will have no problems managing their waste. By recycling wherever possible, the space available in general waste bins can be maximised, whilst also benefitting the environment.”

Find out more about the changes to bin collections and how to request a larger bin at There is also a post code look up facility where you can find out which bin needs to be put out first, and on which day. 

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