Waste Collection Pilot FAQs

Your questions answered about the wheeled bin pilot

Why is the council having a wheeled bin pilot?
The future of waste and recycling collection in MK consultation
Do items have to be bagged when placed in bins?
What do I do when wheeled bins are full?
Allocated boxes but want bins
Allocated bins but want boxes
Why is the paper and cardboard in a separate bin?
Can I put broken glass into my blue lid wheeled bin?
Can I put broken glass in my blue box?
Who will clean my bins?

Why is the council having a wheeled bin pilot?

The pilot started on 26 October 2020 and will run until 26 February 2021.The aim of the pilot is for residents to try out the wheeled bins and identify any issues. It will also enable us to thoroughly test our equipment and procedures to develop options for new waste and recycling collection methods before the contract renewal in 2023. 84% of councils in England supply their residents with wheeled bins. There are many advantages, including:

  • Higher levels of recycling
  • Lower rates of injuries for residents and staff moving sacks
  • Less street litter from sack spillage

We’d like to see if these same results will occur in Milton Keynes. We want to ensure MK residents are completely happy with the process and results of the pilot, so we are starting off with an area that we can monitor, control and evaluate thoroughly.

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The future of waste and recycling collection in MK consultation

Formal consultation on waste and recycling started November and will run for 12 weeks. All residents in MK will have the chance to have their say and the results will be used to inform decisions on how we collect waste and recycling from 2023.

Complete the formal consultation here www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/consultations/609 

The consultation will be promoted through a range of channels to ensure that everyone who wants to respond can. This will include increasing knowledge of the consultation by sharing information with ward and parish councillors, working with organisations such as residents’ groups and ensuring that hard copies of the consultation are available should people want them.

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Do items have to be bagged when placed in bins?

We would prefer that you bag your rubbish to help keep your grey bin clean but would encourage you to place your recycling items loose.

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What do I do when wheeled bins are full?

Please wash and squash down your recycling as much as possible to make best use of the space. We anticipate that 3 x 180 litre wheeled bins will provide ample space for most properties waste and recycling. Please do not place additional waste or recycling to the side of the wheeled bins.

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Allocated boxes but want bins

We ask that you use the boxes for at least 4 weeks and then contact us to organise an exchange.

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Allocated bins but want boxes

We ask that you use the bins for at least 4 weeks and then contact us to organise an exchange.

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Why is the paper and cardboard in a separate bin?

Paper and card are now being separated out from other recycling material to try to keep it clean and dry. This improves the quality of the material that can be recycled. Only put dry paper and card in the red bin or box. Wet paper and card should be placed in the grey lid bin or black sack.

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Can I put broken glass into my blue lid wheeled bin?

Glass bottles and jars only can be put in the new blue lid wheeled bin and it is ok if they break when this happens. Please place all types of other glass in the grey bin as mirrors, drinking glasses, spectacles, panes and light bulbs cannot be recycled.

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Can I put broken glass in my blue box?

Do not put broken glass in the new blue box as it can be safety risk for crews and residents if left on the street. Please place all types of other glass in the grey bin as mirrors, drinking glasses, spectacles, panes and light bulbs cannot be recycled.

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Who will clean my bins?

Residents can choose to clean their own bins, or there are businesses that do offer a bin cleaning service. If you do choose this option, it would be at your own expense.

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Last Updated: 4 January 2021