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 bin out
  • 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 waste that will rot and smell
  • storing separately those wastes that are unsuitable for recycling in the blue bin but are not bio-degradable eg plastic packaging 
  • home composting could also be considered as a means of dealing with biodegradable kitchen and garden wastes. For more information about this please visit our home composting page and

What you can put in your black bin

Yes please

  • rubbish that cannot be recycled
  • wrapped or bagged kitchen / food waste to avoid smells
  • nappies securely wrapped in bags
  • pet bedding, including all types of cat litter, securely wrapped in bags to avoid smells
  • plastic pots, tubs and trays, eg yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat trays
  • polystyrene
  • light bulbs but not energy saving bulbs
  • securely wrapped or bagged hygiene/offensive waste eg incontinence waste
  • 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 Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)
  • carpets and underlay - can be taken to your local HWRC
  • electrical items
  • commercial waste - this is any waste produced as a result of any commercial, industrial, trade or business activity. For more information on the disposal of this type of waste, see our commercial waste and recycling page.
  • soil, rubble, bricks, building waste
  • large / bulky items eg furniture 
  • batteries
  • energy saving light bulbs can be taken to your local HWRC
  • hazardous waste
  • liquid waste


When will my black bin be collected?

Black bins are collected every two weeks. You can check when you collection day is by using the  paper calendar that is delivered annually or by using the interactive calendar by clicking on the button 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 to prevent littering, smells and vermin
  • failure to present the bin with the lid closed may result in it not being emptied
  • 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. For changes to your collections over this period, please refer to your collection calendar or see our Bank holiday recycling and refuse collections page
  • 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 bins and boxes to the kerbside because of disability or ill health through our 'pull out service'. For more can be found by licking the button below:

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?

The council disposes of household waste collected from our 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 Renewi 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: 16 February 2022 13:10:53