Which bin to use?

Which bin?

Collection day for Hatley St George and East Hatley is Thursday; over Christmas and New Year it may well be on Friday or Saturday.

Bin emptying is rotated fortnightly – blue and green bins one week and black bins the next, as indicated on this site’s home page in the red-stripe running header, the ‘bin’ photo and near the bottom of the page.

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.

South Cambridgeshire District Council, which is responsible for collecting our rubbish, asks for your bin(s) to be outside your property by 6.00 am on collection day, with the handles facing the road to help the bin crew.

SCDC looks after some 180 collection routes with 180,000 collections a fortnight from 60,000 properties.

From mid-December until the end of February, SCDC only empties green bins once a month – put any green stuff in your black bin (if you’re not aware, this will help to reduce CO2 emissions from landfill sites).

  • If you have more than one green bin, SCDC also charges to empty it – the details are on its website.

Bin collection calendars are included in the South Cambs Magazine and are available online on the Council’s website (then choose the current issue).

  • Reminders about bin collections are posted on SCDC’s Twitter page: @SouthCambs.

You can also use this link for Which bin? information.

  • NB  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.


If you have Covid (or symptoms), the government has withdrawn its advice on how to dispose of all personal waste – face coverings, personal protective equipment (PPE), used rapid lateral flow tests and disposable cleaning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; checked / updated 13th September 2023.