At present, there is no advice regarding any change in bin collection dates as a result of the Easter Holidays. If RCC gives advice nearer the time it will be posted on the village website.
. Why should I recycle?
We should all want to do the best for our Environment, which we are caretakers of for future generations. The kerbside service makes it easier and more convenient for everyone to recycle which in turn diverts material away from landfill, saves natural resources and energy and helps to limit increases in waste disposal costs.
3. Doesn’t Rutland County Council have to collect my bin each week?
No, all local authorities have a duty to collect your household waste but can decide how often they offer collections and select the size, shape and type of containers used. Using three bins which are collected on alternate weeks gives you more space for disposing of your waste than you have previously had.
4. Is Rutland County Council the only council using an alternate week service of this nature?
No, there are over 200 other councils operating on the same basis.
5. What can go in my bins?
The grey bin is for recycling; mixed glass, paper, cardboard, cartons, food and drink tins, aerosols, foil, small household batteries and household plastic packaging.
The green bin is for garden waste only; you should not put any kitchen waste in this bin.
The black bin is the last resort for anything you cannot put in either of the other bins and will then go to FCC’s Eastcroft energy from waste facility in Nottingham.
Garden waste, not soil, can be put into your green garden waste bin. If you have more waste than will fit in the bin you can purchase an additional green bin. Please contact Customer Services for more details. Alternatively garden waste can be taken to either of the county’s Civic Amenity Sites.
The Council also have a special offer for Rutland residents wishing to purchase a home compost bin. Visit www.rutland.getcomposting.com for further details or to purchase a bin.
11. What size of branches can go in my green bin?
Garden waste will go through a shredder so it is important that branches are no bigger than about four inches/ten centimetres in diameter, otherwise, the shredder will become clogged and may break. Branches should also be cut up into relatively small lengths so they do not become wedged in the bin or stop the bin lid closing properly.
12. Why can’t I put recyclables or garden waste into bags before putting them into the grey or green bin?
Bags contaminate loads as they obstruct effective sorting of recyclables and will not compost down, they also get caught up in sorting equipment and cause breakdowns. As such whole loads may be rejected and have to go to the landfill if contents are bagged.
13. I compost all my garden waste at home, or have a very small garden what should I do?
If you generate very little or no garden waste at home then please contact us and we will take your green bin away, however, please note that if future monitoring finds any garden waste in your black or grey bins they will not be emptied until it is removed. It may, therefore, be beneficial to keep the green bin if you feel you would need to use it from time to time, otherwise, you will need to take excess garden waste to a civic amenity site (tip).
14. Why should I wash out tins, bottles and containers?
This will help to ensure that you reduce the risk of smells etc from your grey bin and improve the efficiency of the recycling process.
16. What do I do with ashes?
Please let any ashes go cold and then bag them before putting into your black bin. As an alternative wood ash can be added to your home compost mix in the garden or used as a slug deterrent by circling it around plants.
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18. What are the rules of the collection?
Please make sure that your bin is out ready for collection by 7am on the morning of collection.
Please make sure that the bin lid is fully closed. Our lifting equipment can damage the bins if the lid is not fully closed. Vermin and flies will also be able to get into the bin if the lid is not shut. Bins with open or partly open lids will not be emptied.
Waste left on the top of or at the side of bins will not be collected.
Bins containing the wrong items will not be emptied.
21. Does the service operate on Bank Holidays?
The service operates on all bank holidays with the exception of Christmas and New Year only. If your normal collection day falls on a bank holiday e.g. “Mayday”, Spring Bank Holiday or August Bank Holiday Monday please remember to put your bin/s out as normal.
24. If my refuse is collected every other week, will it smell?
Follow these simple guidelines and you can ensure that any smells arising from your bin are minimised:
These measures will also stop flies having access to your waste.
25. How can I clean my bins?
Follow these simple guidelines:
Professional companies are also available who will clean your bins for you at a cost.