About your bins

We run weekly bin collections to all homes across Lichfield District. We alternate the bins each week, so one week we will empty your black bin and the next week we'll empty your blue bin. We also empty your brown bin once a fortnight, along with either your black or blue bin collection. Use the links below to find out more:

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About your black bin

We provide every household with a black wheelie bin and empty them on alternate weeks to your recycling.

What to put in your black bin: Black bins are only meant for rubbish that cannot be recycled and for food waste.

We can only collect rubbish that is inside your black bin, and the lids must be shut. For health and safety reasons, we cannot collect side waste.

Please make sure your bin is at the kerbside from 7am on your collection day.

Additional black bin capacity is available for:

  • households of six or more
  • households of five that have one child under three years old
  • households of four that have two children under three years old
  • where specific medical conditions mean excess waste is generated

If you think you qualify, please call 0345 002 0022 so we can arrange for the appropriate form to be sent out to you for completion, so we can determine your eligibility. 

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About your blue bin

We also provide every household with a blue wheelie bin and empty them on alternate weeks to your non recyclable waste.

Below is a list of all the types of recycling we currently accept. Please make sure you wash out empty containers before putting them in your bin.

  • Paper, including newspapers, magazines, telephone directories, wrapping paper etc
  • Card, including flattened cardboard boxes, food sleves, toilet and kitchen roll inners etc
  • Plastic containers, including margarine and ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, bottles, empty carrier bags and plastic food trays etc
  • Aluminium foil, food trays or cans
  • Waxed cartons (Tetrapak), such as juice boxes or milk cartons
  • Glass bottles or jars
  • aerosols cans

Please make sure your bin is at the kerbside from 7am on your collection day.

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Order a second blue bin for free

If your blue bin is overflowing, you can order a second blue bin for free. Just call our waste services team on 0345 002 0022.

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About your brown bin

Your brown bin is for your garden waste only. We no longer compost food waste - please put this in your black bin or compost at home.

What to put in your brown bin: leaves, weeds, tree and shrub prunings, grass and hedge cuttings, short branches and twigs, garden plants and vegetables.

We cannot collect: food waste, plastic bags or biodegradable liners, cardboard, paper, plant pots, pet waste, soil or turf, or large pieces of wood or branches as these are not easily compostable.

The waste we collect is turned into soil improver.

Please make sure your bin is at the kerbside from 7am on your collection day.

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What to do if we've missed your bin

To report a missed bin collection, please call us on 0345 002 0022. This number is charged at the local rate if calling from a landline. It costs considerably more if calling from a mobile phone.

You can also report a missed bin collection by emailing the Shared Waste and Recycling Team.

Or report your missed bin online here.

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What to do if your bin is damaged or missing

To report a damaged, missing or stolen bin please let us know online here.

To order a new bin, please call us on 0345 002 0022. This number is charged at the local rate if calling from a landline. It costs considerably more if calling from a mobile phone.

Please note there is now a £15 charge to replace lost or stolen black refuse bins only.

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How to order an extra brown bin

To order a second brown bin, at a cost of £40 per year, please call us on 0345 002 0022. This number is charged at the local rate if calling from a landline. It costs considerably more if calling from a mobile phone.

Need help getting your bin to the kerbside?

If you need help getting your bin to the kerbside - perhaps you are disabled or you struggle to move a heavy bin, why not speak to our team about an assisted collection? Either call our team on 0345 002 0022 or fill in our book an assisted collection form.  


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Phone our contact centre: 01543 308 000
District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 6YY

If you need to contact a team direct, please visit our contacts page for team phone numbers and email addresses.

Opening times

Our main reception at Frog Lane in Lichfield is open Monday - Friday, 8.45am - 5.15pm.

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