Recycling service changes

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. 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.

Green box for paper and cardboard recycling

Weekly collection

The green box for paper/cardboard recycling.

White lidded wheelie bin

Fortnightly collection

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

Black and maroon boxes for recycling

Weekly collection

The black and maroon boxes for plastics, cans, cartons and glass recycling.

What's not changing

Green wheelie bin

Fortnightly collection

The existing green wheelie bin for non-recycling waste.

Brown wheelie bin for garden waste

Fortnightly collection

Optional - The existing brown wheelie bin for Garden Waste Service. See service updates and prices.

Brown caddy for food waste

Weekly collection

The existing brown box for food waste.

When will the service change?

The rollout of the new recycling wheelie bins will be staggered. The first bins will be rolled out in summer 2019 and deliveries will be completed within 4 months. Keep your recycling boxes. We'll provide tips on how to reuse these or you can recycle them at your local Reuse and Recycling centre.

What do I need to do?

You will automatically be given a medium 180 litre blue-lidded bin and a large 240 litre white-lidded bin. If you are happy to get these size bins you don’t need to contact us. If you want a different size you need to complete the request form which will be available from April 2019.

NB: You will not be able to change the bin size you get after 31 May 2019.

When will I get my wheelie bin?

Due to the scale of the operation we will not be able to provide you with an exact delivery date for your new bins. There will be more information on the rollout from Summer 2019.

Do I have to have a wheelie bin?

Yes, once households receive their wheelie bins we will no longer collect from recycling boxes. 


If you would like to view the bin sizes or speak to a member of our team then come along to one of the following road shows between 8am to 6pm:

  • Thursday 25 April 2019
  • Friday 26 April 2019
  • Saturday 27 April 2019

at Broadway Shopping Centre, Broadway, Bexleyheath DA6 7JN.

Why make changes?

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 recycling better reducing litter.