What goes in my wheelie bins / pods / boxes / sacks
Household Rubbish Wheelie Bin
Your household rubbish is collected on the same day every week.
The wheelie bin for your household rubbish has a grey lid. It has the capacity to hold 180 litres of household rubbish which is equivalent to around 2-3 refuse sacks. The wheelie bin is about 107cm high and takes up a ground space of 48cm x 74cm.
You must only use it for household rubbish. For information about business waste please visit: birmingham.gov.uk/commercialwaste
Do not put any of the following items in your household bins:
- Green waste - you can subscribe to the green recycling chargeable collection service birmingham.gov.uk/greenrecycling or take it to your local Household Recycling Centre
- Items that should be put into the recycling pod/bin
- Commercial/business waste
- Building waste
- Soil and rubble
- Electrical items
Please note: You must not put additional sacks of rubbish by your wheelie bins - they will not be collected.
The Council does not offer a wheelie bin cleaning service. You are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of your bin and you will find this easier if you only put bagged household rubbish into the bin.
Mixed Materials Recycling Wheelie Bin
Your mixed materials recycling wheelie bin/boxes are collected fortnightly on the same day as your household rubbish.
Your wheelie bin for your recycling has a blue lid. It has the capacity to hold 240 litres of recycling which is equivalent to around 3-4 sacks. The wheelie bin is about 107cm high and takes up a ground space of 58cm x 74cm
Your recycling bin also includes an inner pod for recycling your paper and card. This will keep your paper and card separate from the other materials in the main body of the bin and helps the council to improve how it sorts the materials into different recycling streams.
Important: Please put your materials in loose and NOT in plastic sacks or carrier bags.
Please put these materials in the POD in your recycling bin.
Neatly bundled cardboard can be presented for collection alongside the recycling bin. No other waste is permitted.
Please put these materials in the BODY of your recycling wheelie bin. Please rinse all containers and flatten where you can.
Garden Waste Wheelie Bin
Your green recycling is collected fortnightly on the same day as your household rubbish but on the alternate week.
Your garden waste wheelie bin is grey with a brown lid. It has the capacity to hold 240 litres of garden waste. The wheelie bin is about 107cm high and takes up a ground space of 58cm x 74cm.
You must put only the following into your garden waste wheelie bin/sacks for collection:
- Grass cuttings
- Hedge and shrub cuttings
- Plants and weeds
- Tree/shrub branch cutting of less than 5cm (2 inches) diameter
- Dead flowers
Items you MUST NOT put in your Garden Waste Wheelie Bin/Sacks:
- Garden waste produced by or through a trade, business or otherwise on a commercial basis
- Stones, soil, bricks and rubble
- Garden chemicals
- Treated wood
- Japanese knotweed
- Garden tools and implements
- Garden furniture/ornaments
- Plant pots, plastic trays
- Kitchen/food waste
- Tree/shrub branches greater than 5cm (2 inches) diameter
- Animal bedding/faeces