Changes to waste and recycling collections coming soon

Waste and recycling collections for the majority of residents is set to change next week as part of Lancaster City Council’s ongoing commitment to tackling the climate emergency.

From Monday, September 6, the council will be using more direct and cost effective routes to carry out its rounds as well as maximise the efficiency of its vehicles and reduce the environmental impact of its operations.

All residents should now have received a new collection calendar through their doors along with a new handy guide to recycling.  The calendars advise householders of their revised collection dates and how waste will be collected right across the district as from September 6.  The calendars run until the end of August 2022 so it is important to keep these safe.

In most cases people will see the day of their collection change. In addition, any residents who currently put their waste and recycling out together, will be asked to put them out on alternate weeks instead.  This means that non-recyclable household waste (grey bin) will go out one week and then recycling boxes and garden waste (if applicable) the following week.

To allow for the switch, there will unfortunately be a disruption to the service for a short period of time.  During the first two-week collection cycle, the majority of residents will be asked to hold on to certain types of waste for a little longer than the usual fortnight until collections return to normal.  This will include garden waste for those who have subscribed to the collection service.

During this time, excess general household waste should be stored in black bin bags and put out for collection at the side of grey wheelie bins on the next new collection day.  Similarly, excess recyclables can be stored in carrier bags or other containers (not black bin bags) and placed alongside recycling containers to await collection.

In addition to the paper copies of this year’s calendars, the new bin collection dates and all calendars are available to view online at where residents will also find a set of Q&As to help them adapt to the changes.   

Anyone who thinks they may have misplaced or not received their calendar and wants a paper copy should email with their details.

Last updated: 03 September 2021