Black Sacks

We collect black sacks every week. Black sacks are for small items which cannot be reused, recycled or composted. Please contain your waste in a black refuse sack securely. Please make sure you place your food waste in your Food and garden waste bin.
We deliver a roll of 52 black sacks to each household annually, during August, September and October.

Black Sack Distribution Dates 2020

East Cambridgeshire householders will receive a roll of 52 refuse sacks which are intended to last until the next distribution in a year’s time. We will not be issuing any further sacks but additional refuse will be collected if presented for collection in suitable refuse sacks provided by householders.

The sacks will be accompanied by a yearly collection calendar. Please keep it safe and check your dates for Bank Holiday collections as some are scheduled earlier than normal. We have also added a recycling guide and waste reduction tips to help you lessen your impact on the environment.

Please check when to expect your delivery and what your cut-off date is for reporting non-delivery. You can contact us from the week after your scheduled delivery. Provided a non-delivery report is approved, we will deliver sacks within 10 working days from the day of your report.

UPDATED SCHEDULE 2020 - Downloadable PDF

Please check your black sack delivery dates as we have had to make changes to our original schedule due to issues with our suppliers. For more information, please see our press release.

Residents who are registered for assisted collections and would have been affected by a delayed delivery, will receive their black sacks during the week commencing 10 August.

Delivery area

Delivery dates

     Please contact us,        if you have not received sacks by

Last date for reporting non-delivery of sacks

Barcham, Barway, Chittering, Grunty Fen, Little Downham, Little Thetford, Stretham, Stuntney, Upware, Wentworth, Wicken, Wilburton, Witchford

17-21 August


24 August


18 September

Aldreth, Coveney, Earith Bridge, Haddenham, Mepal, Pymoor, Sutton, Wardy Hill, Witcham, Witcham Toll

24-28 August


1 September


25 September


1-5 September


7 September


2 October


7-11 September


14 September


9 October

Brandon Creek, Chettisham, Little Fen, Little Ouse, Littleport, Prickwillow, Queen Adelaide, Shippea Hill, Welney

14-18 September


21 September


16 October

Bottisham, Brinkley, Burrough Green, Burwell, Dullingham, Lode, Longmeadow, Reach, Six Mile Bottom, Stetchworth, Swaffham Bulbeck, Swaffham Prior, Westley Waterless

21-25 September


28 September


23 October

Ashley, Cheveley, Chippenham, Fordham, Great Fen, Hasse Fen, Isleham, Kennett, Kirtling, Newmarket, Saxon Street, Snailwell, Upend, Woodditton

28 September -

2 October


5 October


30 October

What are my black sacks for?

YES, please:
  • polystyrene (break it down into pieces)
  • plastic film and bags
  • hygiene waste (please note that hypodermic needles are collected separately - Clinical Waste)
  • disposable nappies and sanitary waste
  • cat litter and dog waste - please see notes below

NO, thanks:

  • hazardous waste
  • construction related materials e.g. concrete or bricks
  • electrical equipment
  • batteries
  • garden waste 
  • soil 
  • pesticides or weedkillers

You can get more information about what goes in which bin by downloading our guide to recycling and waste.

Please remember the following:

  • Your black sacks must be ready for collection by 7:00am on your collection day and not before 6:00pm on the evening before
  • Loose rubbish will not be collected
  • A maximum of 3 black bags solely consisting of pet related waste, double bagged, will be collected. We encourage residents to mix pet related waste with normal waste to minimise any potential hygiene issues for collection staff. Excess bags can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre
  • Your black sacks must be on the property boundary closest to the road and visible
  • If your property is accessed by a private track or road, your collection point will be where this meets the public highway