Household waste - rubbish collections
We provide a regular collection of household rubbish from all
residential premises within the authority boundaries.
Need a new bin?
Order a new green or blue bin
using our online form or call our Customer First team
on 01723 232323.
Has your bin collection been missed?
Report a missed bin collection using our
When is my bin collected?
Find out what day your bins are collection using our refuse collection days
Large items to ged rid of?
You can request a bulky item
FAQ (click questions for answers)
What can I put in my recycling bin?
What time should I put my wheelie bin out for collection?
Refuse collections start from 6am. Please have your bin or
sacks ready for collection from this time on the designated
Where should I put my bin / sack for collection?
Bins and sacks should be left at the property boundary or
designated collection point. Please make sure that you don't block
the footpath for access by wheelchair and pushchair users.
Can I leave extra refuse next to the bin?
All refuse should be placed in the bin or sacks provided.
Please do not leave extra refuse outside the bin, as the extra
waste will not be taken. Additional domestic refuse will
only be collected following a Bank Holiday and only until the
service returns to the normal collection day.
Should the bin lid be closed?
Bin lids should be fully closed in order to avoid the spillage
of refuse, injury to operatives / members of the public and damage
to the bin during emptying or by strong winds.
Does my collection day change following a Bank Holiday?
will be distributed annually during November and December to advise
of changes to the normal collection service during Bank Holiday
Can I put heavy objects such as soil or rubble in my bin?
Heavy materials (stone, soil, rubble etc) or hot ashes should
not be put inside the bin or sacks. We may not be able to collect
your refuse if the bin or sack is too heavy.
Can I leave my bin outside my house throughout the week?
No, please remember to return bins to your own property as
soon as possible after collection. Bins left on the highway can
cause an obstruction to pedestrians, particularly those with
disabilities and the elderly. Obstruction of the highway is an
offence under the Highways Act 1980.
What happens if my bin isn’t emptied on the usual day?
Parking obstructions cause problems for our refuse collectors
and may result in bins and sacks not being collected on the usual
day. Such obstructions may also prevent access for the emergency
services. Please inform Environmental Services of the
missed collection so that arrangements can be put in place to
ensure your bin is emptied.
Does the Council provide assisted collections for the elderly
Yes. The Council will provide assistance, where required,
to collect refuse from the elderly or infirm. Please complete
an application form
member of Environmental Services will contact you to discuss your
More about bin collections
Within the Scarborough Borough area, the Council operates an
Alternate Weekly collection of household waste, whereby the type of
waste collected alternates between recyclables and landfill waste.
Additionally, on the recyclables collection week the Council
collects garden waste.
All residents within the Borough are provided with a green and
blue wheeled bin, or sacks (if there is no space to store a bin). A
brown bin, or bio-degradable sacks can be purchased for garden
waste to be collected. For more information on what we collect,
please see our recycling section.
All households are supplied with a blue and green
bin, or blue and green sacks if space is
restricted. The green bin or sack is for residual
waste and the blue bin or sack is for recyclables, including:
paper, card, plastic bottles, food and drink cans, and aerosols.
Residents can opt to take part in a garden waste
collection via a brown bin or the clear biodegradable
Household waste and recycling is collected from all domestic
properties on an alternate weekly basis.
How is my domestic refuse collected?
The majority of households are provided with a 240 litre green
wheelie bin for your non-recyclable waste and a 240 litre blue
wheelie bin for your recyclables. These bins will be
collected on alternate weeks from the boundary of
your property or a designated collection point. If a property
is not suitable for a wheelie bin (for example, there is not a
suitable storage area off the highway), the Council will provide
printed green and blue sacks.
If you are on a sack collection, we will only collect waste in
the green or blue sacks that we provide. Any waste that is
presented, which isn't in these sacks will not be collected and
will be treated as Fly Tipped waste, with the necessary enforcement
action being taken.
A “Wheel Out
” service is
available for residents who are unable to take their bins to the
boundary of their property or to the designated collection