Excess waste

Closed lid bin with a green tick. And overfilled bin with waste beside it with two red crosses.

Slough Borough Council has in place a "no side waste" and "closed bin lid" policy.

What is side waste?

"Side waste" is excess waste put out for collection next to instead of inside the proper bin. Such as any household waste bagged or boxed, sometimes larger items such as garden waste, a fridge or commercial waste. Excess waste has usually not been fully sorted for recycling.

We do not collect side waste as part of the waste collection service. Any excess waste placed by the side or on top of your wheeled bin WILL NOT be collected.

Why is excess waste not collected?

Excess waste restricts collection rounds; collection crews are not equipped to collect loose waste or heavy bins. Excess waste is unsightly can often cause an obstruction, attracts vermin and broken bags could result in litter being spilt onto the street.

Please note side waste may be treated as fly-tipping or littering of which both are a criminal offence and carry fines.

What should you do?

Each resident is required to make sure the waste they produce is disposed of responsibly and in accordance with the law.

  1. Make sure all your waste is separated for recycling as much as possible; sorting your waste will reduce excess waste and help you to recycle more.
  2. All waste left out for collection must be contained within the correct bin.
  3. You must make sure the bin lid is fully closed flat when out for collection.
  4. If you have surplus waste or recycling that will not fit into your bins (with a closed lid) you should take this waste to the Household Waste Recycling Centre or you can arrange a bulky item collection.

Tips to avoid side waste

  • If your black bin is overfull; keep back any items that won't rot or smell until your next refuse collection.
  • Where possible, squash any non-recyclable items to save space in your black refuse bin.
  • Double check there is nothing that could go in your red recycling or green garden waste bins instead.
  • Flatten cardboard to save space in your red recycling bin.
  • Minimise waste by buying goods with less packaging.
  • Re-use certain items, such as glass jars, bottles and biscuit tins.
  • Home compost food and garden waste.
  • Use a Household Waste Recycling Centre.