We're changing the way we collect your bins. 

From mid - September weekly collections of the green lidded bin will stop. 

We will empty your green-lidded bin one week, and your blue and brown-lidded bins the next.

We will extend the brown-lidded bin collections to all year round.

As part of the new service you will be able to recycle your food waste in your brown lidded bin. We will be issuing a free food waste caddy to each participating household.

Caddies can be kept in your kitchen to collect all of your food waste - cooked and uncooked. When full the waste can then be put in your brown or green-lidded bin.

Before the changes start you will receive your caddy, a new waste calendar and a roll of compostable liners along with more advice and information on the new service.

For FAQ's about the new service please see further down 

If you have any questions about the changes to waste collections you can come and talk to the Recycling Team at the below events

Every Monday from July 17 excluding Bank Holiday Monday August 28 Central Library 3pm - 18:45pm 

Every Friday from July 14 till the end of September Retail Market 9am - 12noon

Every Friday from July 21 till the end of September Broadgate 2pm - 4.30pm 

July Events 

Tuesday 18 July - Coventry City Mission Deedmore Road 11am - 14.00pm 

Saturday 29 July - Broadgate 10am - 14.00pm 

August Events

Thursday 3 August Willenhall Library 11am - 14.00pm 

Saturday 5 August Broadgate 10am -14.00pm 

Tuesday 8 August Stoke Heath Community Centre Burroughs Close 12noon - 2pm 

Wednesday 9 August Holbrooks Community Centre John Shelton Drive 12noon - 3pm

Thursday 10 August Bell Green Library Riley Square 11am - 3pm

Tuesday 15 August 12noon - 3pm Daimler Green Community Recreation Centre Highly Drive 12noon - 3pm

Thursday 17 August St Peters Centre Charles Street 12noon - 2pm

Tuesday 22 August John White Community Centre  Grange Avenue 6pm - 8.30pm 

Wednesday 23 August Cheylesmore Community Centre Poitiers Road 6pm - 8.30pm 

Saturday 26 August Broadgate 10am - 14.00pm 

Wednesday 30 August Allesley Community Centre Winsford Avenue 6pm - 8.30pm 

September Events 

Saturday 2 September Broadgate 10am - 14.00pm 

Thursday 7 September Bell Green Community Centre Old Church Road 6pm - 8.30pm

Tuesday 12 September Canley Community Centre Prior 12noon - 3pm

Tuesday 12 September Grangehurst Primary School Anderton Road 3.30pm - 6.30pm

Wednesday 13 September Charter Primary School Mitchell Avenue 3.30pm - 6.30pm

Thursday 14 September John Gulson Primary School George Street 4pm - 5.30pm

Tuesday 19 September Aldermoor Farm School Acorn Street 3.30pm - 6.30pm 

Thursday 21 September Southfields School East Street 3.30pm -6.30pm 

Frequently asked questions

Why does Coventry City Council need to change its waste collection service?

Financial cuts mean that by 2020 the Council will have had a 55% reduction in the government grants it has received, the equivalent of £120m a year in cuts.

Changing the way we collect your bins will save over £1 million a year. This will help us to protect front line services for our most vulnerable residents.

How will my collections change?

From mid-September weekly collections of the green lidded bins will stop. We collect your green lidded bin one week and your brown and blue lidded bin the next. 

If you have your own bins you will be issued with a new FREE food waste caddy. This can be kept in your kitchen to collect all of your food waste - cooked and uncooked.

When full the food waste can then be put in your brown or green-lidded bin for collection by our crews.

I live in a flat with communal bins will my collections change?

We will not be changing the way that we collect communal bins. If you do not currently have recycling facilities you may be asked to separate your waste and recycle more in the future.

I don't have a brown-lidded bin. Can I still recycle my food waste?

No. If you don't currently have a brown-lidded bin you will need to dispose of your food waste in your green-lidded bin.

If you would like a brown-lidded bin you can order one online here.  

Smaller bins are available on request.

Will my collection day change?

The changes mean that your collection day may change. BUT whatever day we collect it will be the same day for all of your bins. You will receive a new collection calendar along with your free food waste caddy. Please check your calendar carefully to see if your day has changed. Please ensure that your bins are out for collection from 7am on your scheduled day.

What can I put in my caddy?

Your caddy will come with further information and guidance on how to use it and what can go in it. Including information on where to get more compostable liners.

Can I put food waste in my brown lidded bin now?

No. Please don't put food waste in your brown-lidded bin until the new service begins in September. We will be sending you a new collection calendar which will confirm when the changes will start.

Will the liners be sorted out of the bins?

Food waste can go into compostable liners in the brown lidded bin – they are compostable and suitable to go through the same process as the food and garden waste. Plastic bags will be considered as contamination as they will not break down as the waste composts. If preferred the food waste can go into the brown lidded bin loose.

Will food waste in the green lidded bin be composted?

No any food waste in the green lidded bin will continue to go to the Energy from Waste plant. 

Are other local councils doing this?

Yes. There are many authorities who empty their rubbish bins every other week. Some areas have reduced collections to every three weeks.

Won't my green-lidded bin smell and attract pests if it is not collected every week?

If you use your bins correctly and follow some simple tips there is no reason why you should have any problems Remember to:-

·        ensure that potentially smelly waste is secured in a tied bag or sack before putting it in the bin

·        make sure the bin lid is closed securely to stop flies getting in

·        recycle as much as possible in the blue and brown-lidded bin and rinse containers and tubs before putting them in the bin

Don't forget that food waste can still be collected every week by putting it in your green-lidded bin one week and your brown-lidded bin the next.

I have young children in nappies, how do I cope with extra waste and smell?

Nappies can be bagged in nappy sacks before being placed into your wheeled bin to prevent smells. By recycling as much as possible there should be space in your green topped bin.

Someone in my household has a medical condition which mean we produce more waste what can I do?

Applications can be made for an additional bin. As part of the assessment a home visit will be carried out and an additional bin may be granted when we are confident that every reasonable effort is being made to recycle and/or compost.


Will there be enough room in the green-lidded bin when it is not collected every week?

By recycling as much as possible in your blue and brown-lidded bins, you should have enough room in your green-lidded bin for everything else. There are some cases where residents may be entitled to an additional green-lidded bin for their waste. These are in households where:-

  • there are six or more people
  • there are five people including a child or children in nappies
  • a resident has a medical condition that results in an increase in waste production

If you meet any of the criteria you can make an application here. Additional green-lidded bins will only be granted where recycling services are being fully utilised.

Additional blue and brown-lidded bins are available for all and can be requested here. 

If I have extra waste can I leave it by the bin for collection?

Only waste contained within the bins can be collected.

When is the tip or Household Recycling Centre open?

You can view information about the Household waste centre opening times and site restrictions here.

What will happen if my bin is missed?

We will leave you a yellow tag on your bin to let you know if there was a reason we could not collect it. Please rectify the problem and we will collect it on your next scheduled collection day.

If you did not receive a yellow tag you can report a missed bin here.  

Our crews will only return to a missed bin in the following circumstances:-

·        the bin was out for collection before 7am on the scheduled day

·        the bin contained the correct items and was not too heavy to be safely collected 

Please do not tell us that your bin has been missed before 4pm on your scheduled collection day as we may still be working. Reports for missed bins submitted more than two days after the scheduled collection cannot be processed.

I unable to move my wheeled bin and have no one to help me what can I do?

If you are elderly, infirm or disabled with no one at home able to help you, you may qualify for an assisted collection. These can be made by applying online or calling our Customer Contact Centre

My existing containers are damaged. Can they be replaced?

You can report a damaged bin online. We may repair your bin at your home or swap it for a new one. This can take six to eight weeks.

I have lots of recycling. Can I put extra recycling out with my recycling bin?

Please don't put extra waste out. Any extra recycling can be taken to the tip (recycling and reuse centre). However, if you regularly produce a large amount of recycling, you can apply for an additional recycling bin online.

Does the lid on my bin need to be closed?

Yes please - lid closed and out by 7am.

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