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Brown bin - food and garden waste

Your brown bin is emptied every week.

Brown bin

If you do not have a brown bin these can be ordered online. Please note only one brown bin will be emptied per household. We can also provide a free kitchen caddy to store your food waste in your kitchen these can be ordered online.

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) 

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Out of date food

Please remove out of date food from the packaging this allows both the food and the plastic packaging to be recycled.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