- Recycling, rubbish and waste
- What can I recycle at home?
- Waste and recycling - houses
- Green bin - non recyclable rubbish
- Brown bin - food and garden waste
- Green box - paper and cardboard
- Maroon box - plastic packaging, cartons and cans
- Black box - glass bottles and jars
- FAQs - Waste and recycling collections from houses
Brown bin - food and garden waste
Your brown bin is emptied every week.
If you do not have a brown bin and would like one please contact us. We can also provide a free kitchen caddy to store your food waste in your kitchen before placing it in your brown bin. Kitchen caddies can be collected from one of the reuse and recycling centres or a food waste roadshow.
- All food scraps
- Cooked / uncooked meat and poultry including bones
- Egg shells
- Fruit and vegetables
- Tea bags
- Rice, spaghetti, pasta etc
- Grass cuttings
- Twigs, bark, hedge and tree clippings
- Hay and straw
- Untreated sawdust (no varnish or paint)
- Plants and flowers
- Plastic bags
- Manure and pet waste
- Fencing, MDF or treated wood
- Turf, soil, stones, gravel and rubble
- Large branches and logs over 5cm (2 inches) in diameter
- Plastic and packaging (e.g. plant pots and polystyrene)
Starch caddy bags can now be used as well as paper caddy bags to line your kitchen caddy. Alternatively food can be wrapped in newspaper. Caddy bag has information on where you can buy starch and paper caddy bags.
Out of date food
Please remove out of date food from the packaging this allows both the food and the plastic packaging to be recycled. The plastic packaging will need to go into the maroon box.
The food and garden waste collection service is strictly limited to one bin per household. To dispose of additional garden waste you can place up to five garden waste sacks next to your brown bin for collection. Garden waste can also be composted at home or taken to the reuse and recycling centres for free.
A red tag may be placed on your brown bin if it cannot be fully emptied for some reason, the wrong material is put into the bin or if more then one bin is placed out for collection. Overweight bins may not be collected as they pose a health and safety risk to collection crews. In addition bins 'compacted' with garden waste may not be fully emptied when they are tipped onto the vehicle.
Please note: Wheelie bins provided by London Borough of Bexley remain the property of The Council and are intended for the storage of waste only. The Council cannot be held responsible for any loss resulting from misuse of bins. Bins which are misused may be removed without prior notice.