South Warwickshire together waste services


On 1st August 2022, we will be making changes to your waste and recycling collections and introducing a new 123+ collection service. The new service will be delivered to both Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick district residents through our joint waste contract with Biffa.

What is the 123+ service?

1. A food waste collection, every week

Using a food caddy (a small kitchen caddy for inside your property) and a larger food waste bin to use outside and put out for collection. See the food waste collection FAQs.

2. A recycling collection, every two weeks

Using a new wheeled bin for mixed recycling. This new bin, which we will provide, will replace the current red box/bag recycling containers. See the recycling collection FAQs.

3. Your refuse bin collection will change from every 2 weeks to every 3 weeks

Using your existing grey wheeled bin. See the refuse bin collection FAQs.

+. Garden waste collection every two weeks

Using your existing green bin. Charges apply from 1 August 2022. See the Garden waste collection FAQs.

You can subscribe to the garden waste collection service on our Garden and food waste page. 

Why are we doing this?

Our current recycling rates exceed the Government’s target of 50%. However, by moving to a 123+ collection system we can recycle even more.

The current contracts for Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils finish at the same time. This provides us with an opportunity to combine waste and recycling collection under one contract.

We are introducing a new joint waste and recycling collections approach to deliver the 123+ collections service to both Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick districts, serving 126,000 households. This will:

  • Help achieve both Councils’ commitment to protecting the environment and tackling issues around climate change.
  • Make the service more efficient using new vehicles and smart routing for collections to minimise environmental impact and help us benefit from economies of scale by sharing resources.
  • Include the launch of a separate food waste collection to reduce waste and stop harmful greenhouse gases entering our waste streams.

What are the benefits?

The new 123+ service will help to:

  • Reduce waste and encourage residents to recycle more
  • Save money by reducing the cost of treatment and disposal of refuse
  • Make services more efficient using new vehicles and combining collection rounds
  • Protect the environment and help tackle climate change

New bin deliveries

Deliveries of the food caddies and recycling bins will start from June 2022.

Please see the deliveries page for up to date information.


Find the answers to all your questions in our frequently asked questions section.


Make a note of the dates below and come along to meet the team at one of our 123+ roadshows. We'll be visiting in June and July, and we'd love to hear from you.

  • Warwick Market - 18 June, 9am - 12noon
  • Kenilworth Market - 23 June, 9am - 12noon
  • Ecofest - 3 September, time to follow

Further information