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Brown bin - food and garden waste

The food and garden waste service will be changing in September to a separate food recycling and chargeable garden waste service.

Brown bin

From 1 September brown bins will start being removed and replaced with a new food recycling box. The food recycling box will be collected weekly free of charge. A chargeable garden waste service is also available for £33 for the first year - early bird discounts* are available! To find out more and to sign up for the garden waste service visit food and garden waste service.

Please note that brown bins will not be delivered after 28 August 2015. If your brown bin has gone missing please wait for your new food recycling box to arrive.

We are continuing to provide a free kitchen caddy which can be used to store your food recycling in your kitchen, these can be ordered online or collected from one of our roadshows.

Yes please

  • All food scraps
  • Cooked / uncooked meat and poultry including bones
  • Egg shells
  • Bread
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Tea bags
  • Rice, spaghetti, pasta etc
  • Fish
  • Grass cuttings
  • Twigs, bark, hedge and tree clippings
  • Hay and straw
  • Untreated sawdust (no varnish or paint)
  • Plants and flowers
  • Weeds
  • Leaves

No thanks

  • 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) 

Please note only one brown bin will be emptied per household. 

Caddy liners

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Out of date food

Please remove out of date food from the packaging this allows both the food and the plastic packaging to be recycled.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.

Excess Waste

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. Please note we are no longer selling paper garden waste sacks, any garden waste sacks must be used before your brown bin is collected. Garden waste can also be composted at home or taken to the reuse and recycling centres for free.

Red tags

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.

*Sign up before 31 August 2015 and pay £27 for the first year. Sign up between 1 September and 31 December 2015 and pay £30 for the first year. Terms and conditions apply.