Rubbish collection

Bin days

Our normal bin day is Wednesday – Thursday in a Bank Holiday week and on Thursday, Friday or Saturday over Christmas and New Year.

  • We have three bins – blue for ‘dry’ recyclable things like paper and plastics; green for garden and food waste and black for anything else.

South Cambs District Council’s website details what goes in which bin.

Blue and green bins are collected one week, black the next. In Hatley, our bins are normally emptied before 9.30 am.

  • SCDC only collects green bins once a month from mid-December to late February.
  • Small, used batteries (inside a little bag) can be put on the top of any colour bin. The top, not inside – to prevent another bin lorry fire.

Which day?

And if you lose track of whether it’s a blue / green or black week (even though we try to keep this website up to date), you can find out via the ‘which day‘ page on SCDC’s website.

A day in the life of a bin man (and woman)

This 30 minute BBC documentary We Are England / our bin lorry life follows a bin collecting crew in Peterborough – and includes footage of the Waterbeach recycling plant where all our rubbish goes.


If you have Covid (or symptoms), the government has withdrawn its advice on how to dispose of all personal waste – face coverings, personal protective equipment (PPE), used rapid lateral flow tests and disposable cleaning cloths – simply saying ‘dispose of responsibly’. See this page on the government’s website.

Page created 26th July 2018; updated 4th May 2023.