Changes to Wakefield bin collections go live on July 14

Planned changes to bin collections across the Wakefield district go live on Tuesday July 14.

Residents across the district have already received letters explaining the changes, which mean three bins and no more boxes. 

Wakefield Council is making the changes as part of a £100m project which has seen its partner, Shanks Waste Management, creating one of the most high-tech recycling facilities in Europe at South Kirkby.

The changes mean that around one in three residents also will have a different bin collection day as routes have been re-designed to make them the most efficient once the South Kirkby facility opens.

Bin collections times may also change for some households from 14 July, so residents are asked to wait until 5pm before reporting a missed bin collection. 

Missed bins can be reported quickly and easily online at or by calling 0345 8 506 506.

Almost everyone will be using just three bins – one for household waste, one for garden waste and one for recycling.

Below is your guide to what goes in each bin:

Recycling – brown bin:

Use this for glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles with lids off, lids, cans, paper and cardboard. All these items can be recycled for re-use.

The Council is advising people to wash, squash and take the lids off plastic bottles to aid recycling and create more space in your bin.

Household waste – green bin:

Use this for food waste, juice cartoons, wrapping paper or card with foil, vacuums cleaner bags, pet waste and cat litter. And any plastic which is not a bottle or lid – such as carrier bags, food packaging, yoghurt pots, margarine cartoons, vegetable punnets.

Most household waste will be used to produce valuable energy, rather than being sent to landfill sites.

Garden waste – separate brown bin:

Use this for all garden waste such as grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, twigs and weeds. This can all be recycled for compost.

Collections will remain weekly, with recycling collected one week and household waste collected the other.

The 22 acre recycling facility at South Kirkby will deal with all of the district's waste, diverting 95% away from landfill, increasing the district's recycling rate to almost 50% in its first year and turning what can't be recycled into energy. It's also the site of the new household waste recycling centre which opened earlier this year.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet member for Environment and Communities, said: "The changes we're making to the way we collect and deal with our rubbish will result in a better environment for the district in the long term.

"It's really important that people put the right items into the right bins, because the waste goes into different streams in the recycling centre.

"We are using technology to ensure that the smallest amount of waste possible goes to landfill. But we do need residents' help in making sure waste is properly separated at home."

Glynn Humphries, Service Director Environment and Streetscene, said:

"This is the biggest change in the district's waste collections for many years and affects more than 150,000 households. We will do our absolute best to make sure things go as smoothly as possible. Please bear with us, if we don't get it right please get in touch and we'll sort it out as soon as we can."

The high-tech facility at South Kirkby uses the latest in recycling technology to automatically sort recyclable materials such as paper and cardboard, glass, cans and plastic bottles.

The facility can handle up to 230,000 tonnes of waste a year and will generate roughly three quarters of its own energy needs from the waste it processes.

For more information about waste and recycling visit: