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News from Milton Keynes Council regarding Wheeled Bins.

Watch this space – wheeled bins for MK in 2023

The current waste collection contract ends next year. This provides MK Council an opportunity to do things differently and to support the new roll out of wheeled bins for residents.

The new waste collection service goes live in Autumn 2023. Production of the new bins starts in summer 2022, with over 300,000 bins being delivered to households across the city during summer 2023.

We are tackling the climate change emergency. Currently the Council collects 8.5 million recycling sacks and 21 million blacks sack of rubbish each year. This is not good for the environment. Wheeled bins will make a positive difference;


Cleaner – less spillage from sacks on streets

Greener – more recycling and better quality with the separation of waste

Safer – less injuries for residents and staff


Each property that is suitable to have wheeled bins will receive:

Dark grey bin – weekly collection for rubbish that cannot be recycled.

Green bin – weekly collection for food and garden waste.

Red lidded bin – for paper and card collected fortnightly.

Blue lidded bin – for glass, plastic, aerosols and cans collected fortnightly.


We have been running a pilot on the use of wheeled bins across almost 3,000 properties since 2020. Evidence from these areas shows us that streets do remain cleaner. This is because rubbish is contained within bins. A multi-national public services provider reported that 45% of on-street litter was found to be caused by recycling boxes and sacks.

There is a positive impact on areas that may have a pest problem. Food sources are removed because it is contained within the wheeled bin.

We know that having wheeled bins has led to higher rates of recycling for residents.

There have been no reported injuries to the waste collection crew in the pilot area since moving to bins.

MK has committed to being cleaner, greener and safer. Moving to wheeled bins, helps to fulfil these aims.


How to find out more

We will soon be publicising details of local events where we will be taking “Bins on tour’. You will have the opportunity to see the bins and talk to waste experts to answer any questions you may have. Details of these sessions will be shared on the Council website and publicised locally.

The Council website is being regularly updated and includes a helpful FAQ section – https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/wheeled-bins

Some information displays will be set up in libraries for you to find more information.

Email – customerservices@milton-keynes.gov.uk

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