Recycling service changes

Most households across the Borough will be given two wheelie bins which will replace the three boxes that they currently have for recycling. Please note the recycling changes do not apply to flats or flats above shops.

 
Blue lidded wheelie bin

Fortnightly collection

Blue-lidded wheelie bin for paper/cardboard recycling.

 
White lidded wheelie bin

Fortnightly collection

White-lidded wheelie bin for plastics, glass, cans and carton recycling.

What is changing?

Most households across the Borough will be given two wheelie bins which will replace the three boxes that they currently have for recycling, and the service will move to a fortnightly collection. 

When will I get my new wheelie bins?

We are pleased to announce that we have awarded the contract for our new recycling wheeled bins following a detailed procurement process. The order has now been placed for more than 160,000 bins.

We expect to receive them ready to start delivery from November. Once delivery begins it will take up to 14 weeks to complete.

Will the old recycling boxes be collected?

If you wish to keep the boxes you can, they will make great storage containers or planters for the garden. If you would like them removed then please leave them out on your first plastic, glass, cans and cartons collection (white lidded bin) for recycling.

Please note that boxes will not be removed after this date but can be taken to the two Reuse and Recycling Centres at Thames Road, Crayford and Foots Cray.

Can I change my bin size?

No, as the deadline of the 31 May 2019 has passed you will no longer be able to change the bin sizes. If we did not receive a request from you then a medium blue lidded bin and a large white lidded bin will be delivered. 

What if I can't move the bins?

If you currently receive an assisted collection service, this will continue. If you don’t currently have an assisted collection but think you may struggle to move the bins (and there’s no-one in your household that can help you), please contact us to discuss your needs.

Why can't Bexley have just one recycling bin for all recyclable materials?

We have always kept paper and cardboard separate from other recyclable materials to ensure the paper/cardboard is kept clean for reprocessing. This allows us to generate an income for this material rather than pay for this to be recycled. This saves around £500,000 a year for taxpayers.

The changes will help to increase the total amount recycled in our Borough and will allow us to provide a more efficient service. They will also save money which can be used instead for services such as adult social care.

The wheelie bins will provide you with more room to recycle and you will no longer need to separate glass which will be collected with your plastics. We know because you've told us, that the boxes we currently use mean there is lots of windblown material during collections.

The new wheelie bins will contain your recycling better, reducing litter.

When will I know what day to put the bins out?

When the new bin is delivered you will also receive a guide which will detail what goes into the bins and when the bins will be collected. 

You can also check this online.

Bin dimensions 

Blue-lidded bin sizes for paper and cardboard

Capacity (litres) Height (mm) Depth (mm) Width (mm)
Small (140) 1065 560 480
Medium (180) 1070 730 480
Large (240) 1065 735 580

White-lidded bin sizes for plastic, glass, cans and cartons

Capacity (litres) Height (mm) Depth (mm) Width (mm)
Small (140) 1065 560 480
Medium (180) 1070 730 480
Large (240) 1065 735 580

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