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Keep it to 3 exemptions

The vast majority of waste households produce is recyclable. By using our kerbside recycling services, your black bag waste will be minimal. Not all household waste can be recycled though which is why certain households who produce large quantities will be able to apply for an exemption to the limit.

Waste such as cat litter, disposable nappies can't be recycled. Households who are granted an exemption will only be able to place non recyclable waste/material into their black bags. There is to be no recyclable material in any extra black bags for an exemption to be granted.

We understand some households eg houses with multiple occupants (HMOs), large families will have difficulties with the 3 bag limit. These households will also be able to apply for an exemption. 

To apply for an exemption you will need to request an exemption application form. You can telephone the Environment Call Centre on 01792 635600 or by emailing

If you are granted an exemption it will be valid for 1 year initially and your waste may be monitored. Terms and conditions apply.

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