What goes in the green wheeled bin / lilac sack

COVID-19 waste collection directive

The following advice and guidance, provided by DEFRA and the Government, is being followed in regards to waste collections.

If there's an individual in your household with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in self-isolation, waste needs to be stored (e.g. used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths etc.) securely within disposable bags. This waste should be double bagged and securely tied or sealed. This waste must then be stored for at least 72 hours before being disposed of via your green wheeled bin.

The principle behind this is that after 72 hours outside the body the virus is no longer viable and the relevant waste, which must be double bagged, can be disposed of via your green wheeled bin.

Please ensure you are following Government guidance and that the lid of your green wheeled bin is closed prior to your collection.

Key actions to follow:

  1. Double bag any waste
  2. Store separately from any other wastes for 72 Hours
  3. After 72 Hours, dispose of the waste via your green wheeled collections with the lid closed 

PLEASE NOTE: for health and safety reasons, everyone, even those without symptoms, are asked to bag their waste before placing in the green wheeled bin. If you use a lilac sack, please ensure the bags are tied up.

The following items can and can't go in your green wheelie bin or lilac sacks:

Green Tick IconYes Please

  • Nappies
  • Sanitary products
  • Fouled textiles
  • Animal litter and bedding from small animal hutches
  • Jiffy bags
  • Polystyrene foam
  • Crisp packets and confectionery wrappers
  • Wrapped broken glass 
  • Broken crockery and oven glass cookware
  • Non-electrical toys and gadgets (consider donating to charity shops)
  • Small metal non-electrical scrap items
  • Takeaway coffee cups
  • Old style light bulbs such as incandescent or filament bulbs
  • Black plastic bin bags

Red Cross IconNo Thanks

  • Recyclable materials
  • Soil, bricks and building rubble
  • Hot ash
  • Batteries (please leave on top of your lid for collection)
  • Mobile phones and other small electronic gadgets (please leave on top of your lid for collection)
  • Fluorescent tubes, halogen light bulbs and low energy light bulbs - learn how to recycle and dispose of light bulbs correctly

Recycling A-Z

For a comprehensive list of what can and can't be recycled, and how, in Oxford please visit our recycling A-Z.