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Black sacks (general household)

Single black sack on white backgroundA small number of properties currently use black sacks for waste rather than wheeled bins.  Black sacks are only issued to properties that cannot accommodate a grey wheeled bin due to their design or because our vehicle can't get to them.

A maximum of four standard sacks should be presented at the edge of property by 7am on the collection day.

Annual supply

An annual supply of 52 sacks is delivered every year, free of charge. You can put out for collection up to 4 sacks per fortnight and we will supply a maximum 52 sacks per year.  You will need to buy any additional sacks if you need them.

Black sacks will only be delivered in April/May each year. If you do not report that you have not received them by the end of June you will have to supply your own until the following year.

Black sacks should not be used to dispose of garden waste or other recyclable materials.

Requesting a household bin

Let us know and we'll do an assessment of your property to check that a bin can be suitably stored and collected by a refuse vehicle with a lift on the back. We'll also assess your property to see if you can accommodate a grey bin and green bin too. You can request a household bin by emailing us.

4 black bags are insufficient for my family

If you are actively recycling and using all the containers provided, we believe 4 sacks to be sufficient for the average family. If you are a family of 5 or more, have children in nappies or someone has special medical needs, you can apply for a increase black sack allowance. To apply for an increased black sack allowance (6 sacks), please email us.

If you have a child in nappies you could reduce the amount of waste produced by considering the use of real nappies.  These are cotton nappies that can be washed and re-used.  Household waste that contains nappies will be collected fortnightly. They should be wrapped in a nappy bag and stored in a sealed container until collection.

NB: Checks will be made to ensure anyone making an application for more sacks is properly using recycling containers.  We're happy to give additional advice on request.

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Town Hall, Bank Road
Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NN
01629 761 122
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