The GREEN wheeled bin is for all recyclable items. These bins are emptied every two weeks.

Residents should place their bins out on the boundary of their property no earlier than the night before and by 6am on collection day and placed back in your boundary as soon as possible after collection to stop any obstruction to the highway.

Below you can find examples of items you should and shouldn’t put in your green bin, or alternatively if you can't find the item you are looking for below check out Recycle Now website for guidance.

+ Please put these items in your green bin

Paper, magazines, cardboard, shredded paper, phone directories, catalogues and greetings cards
Paper or plastic egg boxes
Plastic bottles, tubs and containers*
Yoghurt pots*
Food and drink cartons*
Clear plastic meat trays, clear plastic fruit/veg punnets*
Tins and cans, including sweet and biscuit tins*
Kitchen foil and foil trays*
Glass bottles and jars*
Bottle caps and tops
Empty aerosol cans

Please flatten cardboard boxes and plastic bottles to create more space in your bin.
*Please rinse clean to avoid food contamination in your recycling.

+ Please do not place these items in your green bin

Food waste
Clothing, shoes or other textiles
Garden recycling
Electrical items
Light bulbs
Floppy plastic such as bread bags, crisp packets, carrier bags, polythene and cling film
General rubbish

Please remember the following guidance:

  • Food waste packaging should be emptied of its food contents in the food waste bin. The container should be rinsed before placing in your green recycling bin
  • Do not line your recycling container with bags
  • Do not put carrier bags/plastic sacks of items into your green recycling bin. Carrier bags and plastic sacks cannot be recycled as part of this service
  • Do not put dark plastic food trays (such as microwave meals), or crisp packets in your green recycling bin. Please place these in your grey refuse bin
  • Sanitary waste items, such as nappies, are not recyclable. Please place them in your grey refuse bin
  • Garden waste should be placed in your brown recycling bin
  • Only completely clear bags are permitted with recycling
  • Dead batteries, discarded electrical items and vapes can cause serious fires if they are thrown away in your general waste or recycling bins. When this happens they are likely to be squashed, compacted, punctured or soaked in liquid, which can cause them to get very hot and ignite, resulting in fires that cause damage and disruption to your waste service but also put waste collection crews lives at risk. You can find where to dispose of them locally using Recycle Your Electricals website.

We work in partnership with all councils in Kent. If you wish to find out what happens to your waste that is collected, please visit Where our waste and recycling goes and for more information on this partnership visit Kent Resource Partnership's Materials End Destinations annual reports.