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Changes to bin collections due to industrial action

From Monday 5 to Thursday 8 June, general waste collections (grey bin) and garden waste collections (if you subscribe) will be prioritised. Recycling and food waste collections will not take place. Find out about changes to bin collections →

Bins and waste services - weekly update

Updated Monday 5 June 2023

There will be temporary changes to bin collections next week due to industrial action being undertaken by some employees at Serco, our waste collection provider.

From Monday 5 June, general waste collections (grey bin) and garden waste collections (if you subscribe) will be prioritised. Recycling and food waste collections will not take place. If action continues beyond this week further changes may be necessary so please check this page for regular updates.  Please continue to place recycling in your recycling bin.

The focus by both Sandwell Council and Serco will be to ensure that the disruption caused to bin collections is kept to a minimum.

Residents who do not receive a collection on their usual day, (general waste/garden waste next week) should leave those bins out until they have been emptied. This will be done as soon as possible.

We will not have catch up collections as a result of the strike action.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. The household recycling centre (the tip) remains open.

We hope talks can continue and that a resolution can be found as soon as possible.

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Collection Service

Service Status


Household Waste

Operating - some delays - see above 

If your bin has been missed, please leave it out and we will get to you as soon as we can.


Blue Lid Recycling 

No service - see above 

We will not have any catch up collections as a result of strike action.

Garden waste

Operating - some delays - see above

If your bin is missed,  please leave it out until and we will get to you as soon as we can.

Food waste

No Service - see above 

Food waste collection is weekly, to register for future collections.

Bulky item collection

Operating - no delays

To book a bulky waste collection.

New and replacement bins

Operating - no delays

To report a damaged bin or replacement bin 

Household recycling centre (The tip)

Operating - with booked appointments Normal hours are 8am-4pm daily apart from some Bank Holidays.  For details and to book 

Trade waste

Operating - no delays For information about the collection of rubbish or recycling from a business

Cleansing services

Operating - with some delays. Litter and street cleaning services

Bin collections can take place up until 5pm on collection day. If your bin is missed please report it here.

If there is a delay to bin collections in your road, please bear with us and leave your bin out. Crews will get to you as soon as possible and may occasionally visit on Saturdays.

On collection day:  

  • Leave your bins out at the edge of your property by 6.45am.
  • Make sure all rubbish and recycling is inside bins and that the bin lids are closed
  • Don’t bag up recycling in your blue lid bin, just put it in loose and to get more in, flatten or squash your recycling items
  • Extra recycling should be temporarily bagged and stored until you can empty it into your blue lid bin
  • Park considerately on your street so that our lorries can access your street to empty your bins.

If your collection is delayed 

Extra recycling can be temporarily bagged and stored in places such as outbuildings/garages or the garden waste bin (recycling would have to be un-bagged before putting into blue lid bin). Use our recycling guide to check that you are recycling all that you can in your blue lid bin. Please make sure all recycling is inside the bin and that the bin lid is closed.

Private waste removal

If you have undertaken a large clear out or home works, you may think of arranging private waste removal. Before you pay anyone to take rubbish away you must first check they have a Waste Carriers Licence. 

Advice on finding licensed/registered waste carriers and reporting fly-tipping. You can check this with the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506.

Burning rubbish - bonfires

Please be considerate to others and do not burn rubbish in your gardens. Garden fires are dangerous and can get out of control. You can report an ongoing bonfire problem here.

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