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Refuse and recycling collections

All collections are currently operating as normal.

We are working hard to make sure you receive regular refuse and recycling collections which is our top priority, with everyone being told to stay at home. We are extremely busy, and there may need to be changes to how bins are collected, so please try to keep your household waste to a minimum during this time. Unless things fit inside your bins they will not be collected.

At a time where more residents are working from home, if you do park your car on the road or rear street please can you ensure clear access is provided to the collection team so that they can navigate a clear route which will enable us to successfully empty all bins on your street. It would also be helpful if you could put your bin out for collection earlier than usual, this will assist us if we need to make any collection round adjustments with available resources.

Lancashire County Council has announced that people will be able to visit Lytham recycling centre in their car without an appointment from Monday 6th July. From Friday 10th July people will be able to visit in vans and trailers, however they will have to book an appointment before visiting via the LCC website. Usage restrictions at the site will remain in place for all visitors, for full details on the new tip arrangements please visit

Please note you will not be able to simply turn up, this service is by pre-arranged appointment only and there are restrictions in place, please ensure you follow the guidance set out by Lancashire County Council.

Keeping yourself and the collection crew who collect your rubbish and recycling safe

Remember to wash your hands and to clean the handles of your bins and boxes before and after you put them out for collection.

The collection crews will have touch all bins and boxes on your street, and lots of others too, and cannot change their gloves between each bin and box they handle. Washing your hands and wiping the handles of your containers will help to keep you – and them safe. And don’t forget if you do come across the collection crew emptying containers please keep a safe distance from them.

It is more important than ever to ensure that recycling is clean and dry before placing in the blue bin or green box.

Please ensure that all rubbish bags are securely tied before placing in the grey bin, this will prevent any spillages on collection day, protecting our staff and the public.

Please do not place any bags alongside the bins as they will not be taken by the collection team.

Personal waste

Personal waste relating to anyone who has, or is suspected of having coronavirus (COVID-19) needs to be treated differently, please follow the guidance below to minimise the risk of transfer of infection:

  • Put disposable cleaning cloths and used tissues in a plastic rubbish bag
  • Then put that bag inside another bag and tie it securely
  • Store this bag securely, away from your other household waste for a minimum of 72 hours
  • Once the 72 hours has passed, you can then place the bag inside your grey bin

If your next grey bin collection is more than 72 hours away, you can put your double bagged rubbish straight into your grey bin.

All other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

Changes to our services

Bulky waste collection service

The Council’s bulky waste collection service is currently suspended. If you have recently replaced any old furniture items such as beds, drawers or fridge freezers you will need to store these old items somewhere until the service is operational, or alternatively take your items to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Lytham. Please note that if you are taking household items in a trailer or a van you will need to pre-arrange an appointment by visiting the team will provide you with a time slot.

Public toilets

The Danfo operated public toilets have now reopened. Please remember to follow government advice on social distancing and hand sanitisation when using the facilities.

Additional grey bin requests

Applications for extra grey bins are currently on hold whilst staff resources are redirected, if you have applied for an additional bin, we will contact you once services return to normal and your application can be processed. If you are a new applicant, you will need to complete an application form once normal services resume.

Fly tipping

Please do not leave any rubbish outside the Household Waste Recycling Centre (Lytham tip), local recycling bring sites, charity shops or elsewhere. This is classified as fly tipping and is a criminal offence that you could be prosecuted for.

Clearing any waste which has been dumped takes our already stretched staff away from more essential tasks such as emptying household bins.

Asbestos, plasterboard and gypsum

You cannot dispose of this type of waste at the moment as the Household Waste Recycling Centre (Lytham tip) is currently not accepting this type of material at the site. Please avoid doing any DIY projects that involves the removal of this type of material.

Please do not place this material in your grey bin as this is classed as hazardous material and is harmful to our collection crews.

Electrical items, batteries and light bulbs

Please store any old electrical items, batteries and used light bulbs safely at home. You must not place them in any of your bins as they can cause fires in the collection vehicles and at the reprocessing facilities where your rubbish is sent.

Burning waste

Please do not burn waste in your garden or on open fires / stoves in the home. A lot of household waste is unsuitable for burning. By burning the wrong type of waste this can increase the risk of fires which can heavily impact on our emergency services.

Burning waste can also emit harmful particles into the air. COVID-19 causes respiratory problems, any air pollution through burning household waste can reduce air quality and can cause unnecessary risks to the public.

Below are some top tips on ways to reduce your household waste

Food waste

An average family of four can save an average of £60 per month by reducing food waste. The love food hate waste website has some fantastic recipes and tips on how to store and use up food and leftovers to help reduce the amount of food you throw away.

Garden waste

Why not have a go at home composting? There are some great deals on home composting bins, which are available to purchase via and producing your own compost is great for growing plants and provides nutrients for your flower beds and pots.

Alternatively, why not leave your grass cuttings on your lawn to mulch down, providing nutrients for your garden or leave areas of your grass uncut (the wildlife will love this!)

Textiles, clothes and shoes

If you decide to have a clear out in your wardrobe you will need to store your old clothes, shoes and other textiles such as bedding, cushions, curtains and towels until the charity shops reopen. Don’t forget you mustn’t leave any donations outside closed charity shops as this is classed as fly tipping.

Alternatively, why not search the internet for craft ways to reuse textiles, such as making old pillowcases into tote bags, teaching children some basic sewing skills using old clothes and buttons or cut and resize into cleaning cloths.

Make your own baby wipes

If you’re running low on baby wipes, don’t despair. You can easily make your own reusable version. As well as being low waste with zero toxic chemicals, you could save around £600 a year! Simply use washcloths or cut old, soft fabric into squares, soak in boiling water with a few drops of baby wash, essential oils such as lavender or tea tree or just plain water. Stash the cloth squares in a reusable bag (or leftover container) and you are good to go!

Keep the children occupied

If you are looking for some creative and crafty ideas for the children, please visit the waste buster website for lots of craft activities and activity sheets you can try at home. If you would like to have a go at making some toys out of recyclable materials, there are some imaginative ideas on the Rubbish Please website

Get creative

Some television programs take everyday items, which were destined for the tip, and give them a new lease of life. How about unleashing your inner artist and have a go at making something new out of something old?

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