Communal recycling banks

Container hire

Where we collect rubbish and recycling in large wheeled waste containers, we can supply the containers too.

Containers are provided under a hire agreement and charges apply.

Wheeled waste container hire yearly charges

Container Type / size

Annual hire charge (excluding VAT)

Under 1,000 litres (includes "Paladins", "Chamberlains" for refuse and 660 litre "Eurobins" ) £151
Over 1,000 litres (includes 1,100 litre "Eurobins" for refuse and 1,280 litre Eurobins for mixed recycling) £221

Prices valid from 1 April 2017.

These hire charges apply to all private premises using large wheeled bins provided by the council for rubbish and mixed recycling.

The charges cover the cost of washing refuse bins once a year and any maintenance to address normal wear and tear that may be needed.

The containers are not fitted with towing hitches and are normally hired by the premise managers, not individual occupants.

Types of bins

Paladin and chamberlain style bins hired by the council have a capacity of between 740 - 940 litres. 

Euro-style bins hired by the council are normally 1100 litres for general rubbish and 1280 litres for mixed recycling, but a slim-line 660 litre version is also available.

Purchase wheeled waste containers

You can buy containers privately instead of hiring them from us.  Any purchased containers must:

  • Have steel bodies and hinged lid.
  • Be suitable for "comb" lifting.
  • Conform to the British Standard BS EN 840-3:2004.
  • Be labelled "household waste only".
  • Be of at least 660 litres capacity .

In addition, any recycling containers must:

  • Have black bodies and orange lids.
  • Be clearly labelled using the nationally recognised icons developed by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to show the materials that can be put inside. We can supply suitable stickers free of charge (subject to stocks). 

To ensure that we can provide reliable collections, privately-owned containers must be kept in a serviceable condition. We cannot be held responsible for any wear and tear or damage to bins that may occur during the emptying process.

You can find the our contract for the supply of wheeled waste containers on the London Contract Register (contract number 045982).

How much waste storage capacity is needed?

All domestic premises with communal wheeled bins must hire or purchase enough containers to ensure that each household has refuse storage capacity of at least 150 litres if the bins are emptied weekly, 90 litres if twice weekly or 70 litres if three times a week. The minimum recycling storage capacity per household is 70 litres.  All collections are weekly except where more frequent collections have been provided historically.

Hire a wheeled bin

If you want to hire large wheeled bins, or would like more information, contact waste services. However, if you live on a council managed housing estate please contact your estate manager.

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