Recycling service changes

Find out when your new
recycling bins will be delivered

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.

When are you delivering my new recycling bins?

You can find out when you will receive your new recycling wheelie bins using our search facility.

When will my new bins be emptied?

Start using your new bins as soon as you receive them. You should no longer use the old boxes. Your collection day will not change. You should leave your white-lidded bin out for collection on your usual collection day the week after you get it. Refer to the guide delivered with your new bins for exact dates.

When are you collecting my old recycling boxes?

Most of the old boxes will be removed on the first white-lidded bin collection day. Please make sure that they are empty and placed next to your bin. This is the only day that we will collect them. After this date, you should bring them to your nearest Reuse and Recycling Centre. Please refer to the guide delivered with your bins for exact dates.

Can I keep my old recycling boxes?

Yes, you can keep these and if you have a creative idea for how to reuse the old boxes you could win a free year of Garden Waste collections. Please email or post your idea to Waste and Recycling Team, Foots Cray offices, Maidstone Road, Sidcup, DA14 5HS.

What if my neighbours have received new recycling bins and I haven’t?

Please use the search facility to find out when you are due to receive your bins. If you think you have been missed or have only received one of your bins please wait 24 hours then email

Can I change the size of my bins?

We will not change any bins until 1 March 2020 and we will only do this if it is essential. If you sent us a completed bin size request form by the 31 May 2019 closing date you should receive the bin sizes you selected. If you didn’t complete and return this form, you will receive standard sized bins – 180 litre medium blue-lidded bin and a 240 litre large white-lidded bin.

How will I know that I have got the correct bin size?

Your new bins will be labelled with your address and bin size. You can check what size bins you will receive using our search facility.

Will my recycling still be collected weekly?

No, your new recycling bins will be collected every two weeks on different weeks, white-lidded bin one week and the blue-lidded bin the following week.

Do I have to put all the bins out on the same day?

The day that all your waste and recycling services are collected has not changed.

Your new white-lidded bin will be collected on the same day as your chargeable garden waste bin and food waste.

Your new blue-lidded bin will be collected on the same day as your green refuse bin and food waste.

What time should I put my new bin out?

Your bin must be out by 6.30am and removed from the footpath on the same day.

Can I put plastics and glass in the same bin?

Yes, both materials will now be collected in the white-lidded bin along with cans and cartons.

How can I identify the bins if I am partially sighted?

There is a notch on the handle of the blue-lidded bin.

I have not got enough room for all my recycling?

Please email and the waste team will assess this on a case by case basis.

Do the Council now have fox resistant food recycling boxes?

Yes, these are now delivered as standard and you can open the boxes by pressing the button on the lid. They can be ordered online.

Find out more

Most households across the Borough will be given two wheelie bins which will replace the three boxes that they currently have for recycling. Most blocks of flats with communal bins will also be changed over to a fortnightly collection service additional bins may be required. Please note there is no change to flats above shops they will stay on a weekly clear sack recycling service.

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 £450,000 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.

Bin dimensions

The green highlighted sections are the standard sized bins being delivered.

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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