Bin collections

Household waste is collected weekly, alternating between general waste one week and recycling the next. Garden waste is collected once every three weeks during the gardening season.

Find out your waste collection day

Search by postcode to find out when your bins are emptied.
Report a missed bin collection

Changes to bin collections over the August Bank Holiday

Any bin collections scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday on Monday 26 August will be provided on Saturday 24 August 2019.

No bulky household waste collections will be scheduled over the bank holiday period.

Putting your bins out

Please leave your bin out with the lid fully closed before 7am on your collection day and it will be emptied between 7am and 3pm.

You can leave extra recycling next to your grey bin if it is put in a cardboard box or clear plastic bag (not a bin bag or carrier bag).  Excess waste left next to your maroon or blue bins will not be collected. Please see Waste collection and recycling policies for more information.

You can take any extra waste to Household Waste Recycling Centres at Wilson Road in Huyton and Depot Road in Kirkby.

What to put in each bin

Recycling bin (grey) General waste (maroon) Garden waste (blue)
  • Food/cereal boxes
  • Cardboard
  • Phone books
  • Food tins and drink cans (place lids inside cans)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic – bottle shaped plastics only
  • Envelopes
  • Papers, newspapers and magazines
  • Junk mail
  • Food waste - includes fruit fallen from trees
  • General waste and items that cannot be recycled.

Building materials or rubble are not accepted
  • Lawn cuttings
  • Shredded paper
  • Finished flowers
  • Prunings
  • Hedge and tree clippings
  • Twigs and branches
  • Leaves
  • Plants and weeds
  • Untreated bark and wood chippings
  • Pet bedding (clean or soiled)

Please note that all food waste, including any fruit that has fallen from the trees, should be placed in your maroon bin for collection.

Request a new bin or bin repair

You can request a new bin or a repair if yours is damaged or has been lost or stolen. There is no charge for a replacement grey or blue bin. The charges for maroon bins are as follows:

  • 240 litre wheeled maroon bin - £26
  • 360* litre wheeled maroon bin - £45

*Please note this option is only available if the bin being replaced is/was a 360 litre wheeled bin and there are six people or more in your household (see large families below).

There has been a significant demand on the service due to the growth in new housing across the borough and this has unfortunately impacted on delivery of bins.

Deliveries are currently taking approximately 3 weeks from the date of order.

Further information regarding the charges is provided in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Large families

If there are six or more people in your household, you can apply for a large maroon bin or a second maroon bin. Residents are encouraged to request an additional recycling bin. Further information on the items of waste that can be recycled is provided in the table above.

There are a few ways you can request an extra recycling bin:

  1. Request a recycling bin online
  2. Speak to an advisor using online chat
  3. Call 0151 443 2400

Help with putting your bin out

If you are elderly or have a disability and you do not have anyone else at home to help put your bin out, we may be able to help you.

Call 0151 443 2400 or request help online.

Disposing of other items

  • For large or bulky items please visit our large item collection page
  • Batteries and bulbs can be recycled at any council One Stop Shop
  • To remove hazardous waste such as asbestos, fuels and oils, industrial chemicals, weed killer and creosote, call the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority on 0151 255 1444
  • Please call 0151 443 2400 if you find hazardous waste on public land in Knowsley
  • Clinical waste collections for private and nursing homes, residential households, doctors and clinics can be arranged by contacting your doctor’s surgery or local health centre

Tips for reducing waste

You can reduce the amount of waste produced by your household by:

View our helpful ‘Recycle for Knowsley,‘Week in, Week out’ video for more recycling tips or download our recycling guide.

Recycle Right

RECYCLE RIGHT is for all residents who live in the Knowsley area. It provides the definitive advice on what can and cannot be recycled if you live in Merseyside and Halton.