What goes in the black rubbish sack?
Please place items that cannot be recycled in black bin bags, or black Eurobin if you live in flats, including:
- crisp packets, biscuit and sweet wrappers*
- pet food pouches*
- all tissues and kitchen towel
- plastic film, e.g. clingfilm
- fruit nets
- disposable coffee cups
- coffee capsules/pods*
- greasy pizza box
- mixed materials, e.g pill packets, padded envelopes, Pringles tubes*
- bubble wrap
- laminated paper
- disposable nappies**
- wet wipes and sanitising wipes
- sanitary products
- animal waste/dog mess **
- broken glass or china - please wrap in newspaper or bubblewrap to avoid injury to yourself or our crews
- poor quality clothes
- plastic carrier bags (please recycle at your local supermarket)
Residents must purchase black bin bags, they are not supplied by MK Council.
* These items can NOT be recycled in the clear sack, but via local MK Charity Recycling to raise funds for Willen Hospice and MK Cat Rescue. Please see their website for drop off locations in MK.
** Nappies and animal waste should be double bagged. Large quantities of nappies or animal waste should be placed over a number of bags so that no one bag is overly heavy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why doesn't MK Council use wheeled bins?
Prior to the current waste collection and cleansing contract being awarded in 2009, MK residents were surveyed and favoured a weekly sack collection system, with the green wheeled bin for food and garden waste and separate blue box for glass. Recycling, rubbish and glass are collected on the same split-bodied collection vehicle which dramatically reduces the number of vehicles required to deliver the service.
The current vehicles are not fitted with bin lifts and due to the expense of retrofitting or purchasing new vehicles, switching to wheeled bins is not an option until our current refuse collection contract expires, which will be in 2023. An Environmental Services Programme has commenced which will consider a multitude of waste collection options for when the existing contracts ends in 2023.
Why does MK Council not provide black bin bags?
As part of the budget proposals for 2015/16, and following consultation, Milton Keynes Council took the decision to stop supplying the annual roll of 26 black sacks to residents. The financial pressure for the Council to make savings are considerable and there is no statutory (legal) requirement for the council to provide black sacks.
What happens to my rubbish?
Rubbish collected from the kerbside from MK residents homes in black bin bags no longer goes to landfill, instead it is taken to the Waste Recovery Park in Old Wolverton. Here the bags are split open to retrieve items that can be recycled and composted that have been placed in the black bin bags in error. The remaining rubbish is then sent to the advanced thermal treatment plant and then ultimately turned into electricity. Find out more about the MK Waste Recovery Park and book onto a tour.
My black bin bags are being ripped open by animals
Do not place food waste in black bin bags as this attracts rats and other vermin. All food waste must be placed in the green bin. If black bags containing food are ripped open by pests it is the resident’s responsibility to clear up the mess.
Last Updated: 17 March 2020