Rubbish and Recycling
The Council is committed to reducing the amount of waste that is generated locally. As a local authority we are responsible for collecting bins and waste in the Borough. We provide three waste collections: grey bins for household rubbish, green bins for recycling and brown bins for garden waste.
We are also members of Recycle for Norfolk, a scheme run by Norfolk County Council and local authorities in the area aimed at providing a quality recycling service across the whole of Norfolk and reducing the amount of rubbish collected in the residual waste bins. You can find out more about the scheme, including ways you can recycle more at home and at work at www.recyclefornorfolk.com.
Norfolk County Council's website gives information about opening times and directions to the Caister Recycling Centre. You can recycle cookers, household furniture, garden waste, televisions and fridges or freezers. You can also recycle up to five tyres a month, although you will have to pay £4 per tyre. You are able to take trade waste to Caister recycling centre for a charge - please see Norfolk County Council's Business Waste page.
Please note that paint is now classed as hazardous waste and can only be disposed of on hazardous waste amnesty days which for Caister Recycling Centre will be Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September 2016.
To check if the recycling centre can accept specific items, or for any other questions about recycling, you can check online for the types of waste accepted or call Norfolk County Council's enquiry line on 0344 800 8020.
We empty green recycle bins and grey waste bins on alternate weeks. Contact 01493 742200 to check when we empty yours.
Communal bins work in the same way as household ones, but we collect them weekly.
You can request an assisted bin collection if there is no one in the property who is able to move your bin and can apply for an extra grey/green bin if there are more than five people in your house or five including a nappy need. Call us at 01493 742200 for advice.
If your property is on a sack collection scheme, please do not put your sacks out before 6.30am on your collection day.
We do not operate a bin emptying service on a bank holiday Monday therefore your bins will be emptied one day late with a Friday collection taking place on Saturday. The next bank holidays are Monday 1 May and Monday 29 May 2017.
You can report a missed bin, but to make sure your bin is collected, you must:
- Put the correct bin out by 6.30am on the morning of your collection in the right place
- Make sure the right rubbish is in the correct bin - e.g. no carrier bags in the recycling or garden waste bins and no garden or DIY waste in the grey bin
You are not allowed to put garden waste in either your grey or green bin. You can recycle garden waste and uncooked vegetable peelings in your BROWN bin if you subscribe to the service. You are able to place leaves, twigs, pruning waste, grass cuttings, weeds and plants, cut flowers, plant and hedge trimmings and small branches under 10cm in diameter and 60cm in length in the brown bin. Unfortunately you are not able to dispose of soil, turf, sand or stones in the brown bin. Bins that are too heavy to be safely moved will not be emptied. We collect your bin once a fortnight.
To purchase a NEW brown bin, order and make payment online. We aim to dispatch your bin within 10 working days of your payment date. With your bin, you will receive the calendar of your collection dates. Your first collection will take place on the next scheduled date shown on your calendar.
For RENEWAL of your brown bin service, you will either receive an email or a postal notification with instructions on how to pay for your collection.You must quote your reference number when renewing your subscription. Please note that email notifications with your reference number and calendar were sent out in March 2017.
Please be aware that due to the increase in uptake of this service, we are making some changes and your collection day/week may have changed, so it is important that you check your calendar upon receipt. You will notice that your calendar has a number on it and using this number you can also view it online in our Garden Waste Collection Calendars 2017/18.
If you no longer wish to continue with the garden waste collection service you may choose not to renew. If you do not renew, collection will cease automatically. You are able to take your garden waste free of charge to Caister Household Waste Recycling Centre but please note soil and turf are classed as DIY waste and as such you are limited as to the amounts that you can take per week.
If you have a smaller garden and do not need a brown bin, you can buy waste bags in packs of 12 or 24. Call 01493 742200 to place an order.
Ash trees, leaves and prunings cannot be accepted by your local Garden Waste Collection Service for composting or at any Recycling Centre. The disease ('Ash dieback') is affecting Ash trees across the country. Defra and The Forestry Commission recommend that householders who have any Ash Trees, leaves or prunings burn them on site where permitted to do so. For more information visit the Forestry Commission website.
We charge £12.00 to collect one item, and £17.00 to collect two or three items.
Collections take place on the following days:
|Belton, Bradwell and Southtown||Monday|
|Cobholm, Browston, Burgh Castle, Fritton, Hopton, Lound and St Olaves||Wednesday|
|Great Yarmouth and Runham Vauxhall||Thursday|
|Ashby, Billockby, Caister, California, Clippesby, Filby, Fleggburgh, Hemsby, Martham, Mautby, Ormesby, Repps, Rollesby, Scratby, Somerton, Stokesby, Thurne, West Caister, West Somerton and Winterton||Friday|
This is for your recycling items:
- Paper and card
- Plastic bottles
- Steel and aluminium food and drink cans
- Glass bottles and jars including lids
- Plastic pots, tubs and trays (including yogurt pots, margarine tubs, plastic meat and vegetable trays)
- Tetra Pak® containers (like the ones containing juices and soups)
- Envelopes (including window envelopes )
- Kitchen foil and foil trays (like the ones containing takeaways and ready meals)
You should make sure that items are washed and loose - you cannot recycle black sacks or carrier bags. We collect your green bins once a fortnight - please make sure they are outside for collection by 6.30am on your collection day.
Check the Recycle Norfolk guide to see how you can recycle other items.
This is for general waste. Please do not put garden waste, recyclables or DIY waste in your grey bin - it will not be collected.
This is for your loose garden waste - size guides for twigs and branches are on the lid of the bin.
Trade waste must not go in any domestic bin. Contact us on 01493 846478 for more information.
Call us on 01493 742200 for advice if you have clinical waste that is contaminated with blood borne matter. Should you have incontinence items these can be bagged and placed in your grey bin. If this causes capacity issues within your grey bin, please refer to information under 'Can I have an extra wheeled bin?' and complete the application form.
You can take other hazardous waste to the Caister Recycling Centre on certain dates that we will advertise. See Norfolk Council's hazardous waste page to see which items you can take. Please note that paint is now classed as hazardous waste.
The Health and Safety Executive website offers advice on managing asbestos.
To qualify for an additional bin there must be 6 or more permanent residents in the household or 5 permanent residents if there is a nappy need at the property. From April 2017 an administration charge was introduced unless the nappy need is clinical and any bins allocated should be returned when nappies are no longer required or the number of residents in the household reduces.
As you are able to place extra recycling beside your green bin as long as it is in a cardboard box or paper bag, you may not require an extra green bin. If you constantly have lots of extra recycling please contact 01493 742200 for advice.
Any extra bins that we issue will be subject to a regular review. If we inspect an extra grey bin and it contains any items that should be in the recycling bin, we reserve the right to remove your extra bin without further notice.
If it is reported that your property has extra wheeled bins and we do not hold your application on our database, we may collect any spare bins at our discretion.
To apply for an extra grey bin, complete and return the application for an extra grey bin [229kb] form to:
Wheeled Bin Applications
Great Yarmouth Borough Services Ltd
101 Churchill Road
Norfolk, NR30 4JJ
You can order a replacement bin online or by calling us on 01493 742200. Please note from April 2017 there will be administration charge of £30 for this service.
Grey waste and green recycling bins are the property of the Council. If you move home you should ensure that your grey waste and green recycling bins are left at the property. Your brown bin is your property and may be taken with you when you move. If you have ordered additional wheeled bins you may take these with you to your new home.
If you have recently moved to a property within the Borough and the bins have been removed, you can order new or replacement bins by by calling us on 01493 742200. Please note from April 2017 there will be an administration charge for this service.
You can order new bins online or by calling us on 01493 742200. Please note from April 2017 there will be an administration charge of £50 for this service.
Yes. Contact one of the following organisations:
|British Heart Foundation||0844 2489199|
You could also take your items to a local bring bank: These are located at local supermarkets, community centres and public houses. You could also think about taking unwanted items to a charity shop.
Generally, you cannot dispose of it like household waste. However, from 11 April 2016 a number of main Recycling Centre Plus sites across Norfolk will accept commercial waste at a charge, including:
- Caister Recycling Centre, Thetford, Kings Lynn, Dereham, Ketteringham, Mayton Wood and Hempton.
The service is aimed at small businesses and travelling tradesmen who may not have the resource or the volume of waste to justify a commercial collection.
A range of materials are accepted from trade customers and prices start from a single bag charge. For more information on how the service works, the types of trade waste accepted and a full list of charges, please see Norfolk County Council's business waste service.
You can also contact Norse for advice or to set up a trade waste collection. Commercial waste carriers may offer different services. Please ensure that they hold the correct waste transfer and carrier licenses as you are responsible for your own trade waste.