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Bin collection dates

We collect rubbish and recycling from households in County Durham on alternate weeks. One week we empty your rubbish bin and the following week we empty your recycling bin.

You can find out your collection day by clicking on My Durham and entering your house name or number and postcode.

Find more information on garden waste collections.

Putting your bin out

Your rubbish bin or recycling bin and box must be placed out on the kerbside by 7.00am on the day of collection. 

  • Please do not block the road or path with your bin. Please bring it back in the same day.
  • Please do not overfill the bin as it may result in it not being emptied.
  • Please do not tie your bin to a fence or tie your lid shut as this will prevent it from being emptied.
  • We do not collect any waste left next to the rubbish bin.

If, after recycling as much as you can, you still have extra waste, you can take this to one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Need help to get your bin to the kerbside?

Find out if you qualify for help to put your bin out.

Changes to collections

Sedgefield, Teesdale and Wear Valley areas

From 9 October, rubbish and recycling bin collection days will change for some properties in the Sedgefield, Teesdale and Wear Valley areas.

These changes will make collection routes more efficient. All affected properties will receive a letter and revised collection calendar, by post from Monday 4 September. Please read the letter and calendar carefully. You can also find out new collection details online from 4 September by entering your house number and postcode into the 'My Durham' function at the top of this page.

Bank holidays

There are generally no changes to your bin collections during bank holiday weeks. Please place your refuse, recycling and garden waste bins (if subscribed to the scheme) out as normal during bank holiday periods, unless otherwise directed.

Missed bin collections

Our My bin hasn't been emptied page provides information on why your bin hasn't been emptied and how to report a missed collection.

Recycling and rubbish containers

Your household should have:

  • a recycling box for glass bottles and jars 
  • a recycling bin (grey bin with a blue lid) for plastics, paper and card, food tins and drinks cans, cartons, and aerosols 
  • a rubbish bin for items that cannot be recycled 
  • a garden waste bin (if you are subscribed to the scheme). To subscribe see Garden waste collections.

Find out more about what goes in which bin?.

Contact us
  • Highways and Streetscene
  • 03000 261 000
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