Black bin - rubbish collections

Information about what you can put in your black bin and collections.

Coronavirus Update

Help us to keep you and our collection staff safe by taking these simple precautions.  Please wash your hands before putting your bins out, and after putting them out wipe bin handles with soap and water, sanitiser sprays, alcohol wipes, normal cleaning agents or disinfectant. Repeat the process after you've collected your bin from the kerbside, wiping the handles down well and washing your hands.

Anyone whose household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus and self-isolating (even if not a confirmed case) must store their household waste for at least 72 hours before putting it out for collection in their black bin.

Please manage your waste well, especially now as some services have been temporarily suspended.  If you are struggling with capacity please consider prioritising your black bin for putrescible and/or odorous wastes, storing separately those wastes that are unsuitable for recycling in the blue bin but are not bio-degradable e.g. plastic packaging.  Home composting could also be considered as a means of dealing with biodegradable kitchen and garden wastes, more information about this can be found on the internet e.g.

What you can put in your black bin

Yes please

  • rubbish that cannot be recycled
  • kitchen / food waste (wrapped to avoid smells)
  • nappies (securely wrapped in bags)
  • pet bedding including all types of cat litter (bagged up to avoid smells)
  • plastic pots i.e. yoghurt pots, margarine tubs
  • polystyrene
  • light bulbs (not energy saving bulbs)
  • Hygiene/Offensive waste i.e. waste produced from human hygiene e.g. incontinence waste (securely wrapped in bags)
  • wrapping paper and gift bags

No thanks

  • any items that can be recycled (please use your recycling bin, box or bags or take them to your local recycling centres)
  • carpets and underlay (can be taken to your local recycling centre)
  • electrical items
  • business / trade waste
  • soil, rubble, bricks, building waste
  • large / bulky items, furniture etc
  • batteries
  • energy saving lightbulbs (can be taken to your local recycling centre)
  • hazardous waste
  • liquid waste


When will my black bin be collected?

Black bins are collected every two weeks. For full details about when your collection is, please see visit your waste and recycling collection calendar below: 

What should I do so my black bin is collected?

  • Put your bin out to the edge of your property by 7am on your collection day and take it back in when emptied.
  • All waste items must be presented inside your black bin with the lid firmly closed, failure to present the bin with the lid closed may result in the bin not being emptied.  Ensuring that your bin lid closes fully also helps prevent littering, smells and vermin.
  • If your black bin lid is not firmly closed, then the waste preventing it from closing will be put back in the black bin after it has been emptied.
  • Waste presented at the side of your bin will NOT be collected and may be treated as fly-tipping which is illegal. Fly tippers could be fined and even receive a prison sentence.

Changes to collections:

  • recycling and refuse collections will now be made on a Tuesday to Friday, including Good Friday which is a normal working day for SUEZ, this means that your bin will be collected on the same day throughout the year. The exception to this will be at Christmas and New Year, please refer to the following page for changes to your collections: Bank holiday recycling and refuse collections.
  • updates and information on collections during periods of bad weather will be posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter.

Missed collection

If your bin hasn't been collected by 5pm on your scheduled collection day, or it hasn't been emptied completely, please use our online form which can be found by clicking the following button:

Assisted collection

We can help with collections if you are unable to take your bin or box to the kerbside (pull out service) because of disability or ill health. 

Is your bin missing or damaged?

You can request a new bin, or ask for your bin to be repaired, on our dedicated webpage, which can be found by clicking the button below:

What happens to black bin waste?

Doncaster Council disposes of household waste collected from Doncaster residents at a Waste Treatment Facility in Manvers,Rotherham. The facility at Bolton Road,Manvers, is the result of a partnership between Barnsley,Doncaster and Rotherham Councils and 3SE, a consortium of Shanks and SSE.  The facility is diverting around 95% of waste from landfill, making a significant carbon dioxide saving. The facility extracts any remaining recyclable materials from household waste. What is left is turned into a fuel and sent to Ferrybridge in West Yorkshire to produce low carbon electricity which is supplied to the National Grid. More information can be found at


 Further information

Last updated: 25 September 2020 11:44:08