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Useful information about your bins

5th February 2023
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This information is for Belfast residents only!

Recycling Boxes:  Your recycling boxes will be collected from the front of your property on a weekly basis, you need to ensure the boxes are left on the public path outside your property. The council will not enter your property to collect boxes. The council may not empty boxes which are overflowing or have materials in them which should not be in the boxes. Each box will have a list of what materials can go into it on either the side or the lid. Some areas of Belfast may differ in regards to what recycling boxes/bins you are given. You should ensure you collect your box and lid and return it to your property shortly after it being emptied. Any recyclable material which has blown out of your box into your yard or the public path/road, should be cleared up by you the tenant. The recycling boxes remain the responsibility of you, the tenant at all times.

Black Bins: Your black bin is emptied once every two weeks, bin sizes can vary with older bins having a capacity of 180 Litres and new bins 150Ltrs, this is to try and encourage more recycling. The night before your bin collection, you should leave your bin to the top of your ally, the council will not walk down the alley to collect bins, you should collect your bin after it has been emptied as early as possible. If your bin is not currently marked with some form of identification to connect it to your address, we recommend you number it and abbreviate the address for recognition. The black bin is your responsibility for the duration of the tenancy.

Missing or Broken Bins: It is expected that all bins are present at the check-out inspection of the property. Missing bins will incur a replacement fee. If your recycling bins are broken, lost or stolen during your tenancy, you can avail of replacement bins free of charge from Belfast City council via the link below. https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/bins/order-bin

If your black bin is assumed stolen, you can report the bin stolen to PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) by calling the non-emergency number on 101 or reporting the bin stolen via their website: https://www.psni.police.uk/report. After reporting your bin stolen, you will be provided with a Police Reference Number. You can then order a replacement bin via the councils website: https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/bins/order-bin. When ordering a black bin it will ask you if the bin was stolen, if you click stolen it will ask you for the police reference number. After inserting the reference number it will allow you to complete the order for a replacement black bin free of charge. If you do not have a police reference number a fee of £15 (correct fee of the time of this article) will be payable to complete the order.

What to do if you build up household waste: Sometimes you may generate extra waste in your property or miss bin days. If you have more rubbish than what your bin can hold, you should use one of the councils waste amenity sites to dispose of it, there is several located in various areas of Belfast. The sites are free of charge to use and information on locations and opening times can be found here: https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/civicamenitysites. You should avoid building up waste at your property, not only may this breach your lease agreement, it will increase the risk of attracting rodents to your property as well as creating a foul smell etc. If you do not have access to a transport to travel to a centre, you may be able to avail of a private licensed contractor to dispose of your waste legally.

Bulky Waste Items: At the time of this article, Belfast City Council offers a free of charge Bulky Waste Collection service to tenants, to avail of this service you must prebook a collection. The council will provide instructions when your items will be lifted and when to leave them out. Generally bulky items are collected at the end of your alleyway. Please note leaving bulky waste out for collection which has not been booked in with the council may be deemed as fly tipping and the household could be liable for a fine from the council. Information on the councils bulky waste collection service can be found on this link: https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/bins/bulky-waste


  • Fly tipping bulky waste or household waste will result in a fine to the household.
  • If your recycling bins have non-recyclable materials in them, the council may not empty them.
  • If your black bin has recyclable material in it the council may not empty, it.
  • The bins remain the sole responsibility of the tenants for the duration of the tenancy and should be returned to the property at the end of the tenancy.
  • If your property is found to have a build-up of waste and you fail to dispose of properly, Kingston Berkeley may assign a contractor to dispose of it to comply with the tenancy and full costs will be charged to the tenant.

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