Rubbish and Pests

Rubbish can become a health, fire and pest hazard. If you let it build up inside or outside your home, it will attract pests and could even cause a hazard in the event of a fire… it could even be the cause of a fire.
Here are a few tips to managing rubbish and preventing pest invasions:

Regular Rubbish Collection

  • Please check when your bin collection day is and put out your rubbish in the bins provided to ensure your rubbish is collected regularly.
  • If your rubbish doesn’t all fit in the bin, make sure bags aren’t put out until the morning of the collection day (not overnight) otherwise they may be torn open by pests and end up all over the street.
  • Wash out packaging and tins for Recycling. For more information about Cornwall’s recycling services, visit the Cornwall Council website.

If you want to find when your waste and recycling is collected, please visit the Cornwal Council website and click on the ‘My Area’ on the top right and enter your postcode when prompted.

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Lidded Bins

  • Keep in mind that mice can get through a gap as small as 10mm, store all your rubbish in a dustbin with a securely fitting lid, and make sure the lid is replaced each time it is used.
  • Leaving food waste on the ground will attract pests like rodents, foxes, ants and cockroaches so clear up spillages.


Large waste items

Large waste items like furniture or building materials can be inviting for rats and mice who will use it for nesting. Visit Cornwall Council’s website for information about Bulky Waste disposal.

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Communal Areas

Leaving waste to pile up in communal areas and corridors can be a fire hazard and block someone’s escape in the event of a fire. Please keep these areas free of rubbish and consider those around you.

Pest infestation

If you think there is an infestation in yours or an adjacent building you will need to call a local pest control service yourself.
The Council offers advice on their website and Environmental Protection advice line.

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Icon online form sml Environmental Protection website
Icon Email sml Send an Email
Icon online form sml Report Pest Damage to your property
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