What can I put in my bin?


Black bins and sacks

Your black wheelie bin is for rubbish that can’t be recycled and is collected fortnightly. You’ll need to make sure the rubbish is inside the bin with the lid shut. Please don't put rubbish on top or by the side, otherwise we won’t be able to empty it.

If you live in a house that has no room for a wheelie bin, you’ll need to use black sacks. These can be readily purchased in all supermarkets and local convenience stores.

Please leave your bin/sacks for collection on the boundary of your property for 7am on collection day.

Items that you can't put in your black bin:

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Builders rubbish such as rubble, tiles or wood
Bulky heavy items
DIY stuff such as paint tins
Electrical items
Flammable liquids
Gas bottles including fire extinguishers
Grass or other garden waste
Needles
Tyres or car batteries
Mirrors/Glass

Need a new bin?

A new black bin costs £25. If you're in a new home, contact your developer or managing agent as they should provide the bins for you.

Order a new black bin

Recycling Bin

Your green wheelie bin is for recycling and is collected fortnightly. Please make sure you put the items in the bin loose, without plastic bags or sacks.

If you live in a house that has no room for a wheelie bin, you can have a black box for your recycling.

Please leave your bin/box for collection on the boundary of your property for 7am on collection day.

Items that you can and can't put in your recycling bin:

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Glass bottles & jars Bread bags
Plastic meat trays Carrier bags
Fruit & vegetable punnets Cling film
Plastic bottles Crisp packets
Yogurt pots & plastic tubs Food waste
Food & drink cartons Nappies
Newspaper & magazines Plastic sacks
Leaflets, envelopes & junk mail Polystyrene
Phone books & yellow pages Textiles        
Cardboard packaging   
Flattened cardboard   
Cans & tins   
Sweet & biscuit tins   
Metal bottle tops & jar lids   
Kitchen foil & foil trays   
Empty aerosol cans   

Need a new bin?

A new recycling bin costs £25. If you're in a new home, contact your developer or managing agent as they should provide the bins for you.

Order a new recycling bin

Where can I recycle?

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Sites

Please help us to help charities by tying shoes together in pairs and putting everything into the right banks which have been outlined below.

WhereGlassShoesTextiles
Allington: London Road Park & Ride
Barming: The Bull Inn, Tonbridge Road
East Farleigh: The Bull Pub, Lower Road
Grafty Green: Who'd a Thought It Pub, Headcorn Road
Grove Green: Tesco, Grovewood Drive
Leeds: Leeds Castle Golf Course
Mote Park: Willington Street Park & Ride
Senacre: Senacre Square, Woolley Road
Shepway: Morrisons, Sutton Road
Town Centre: Samaritans, 48 Grecian Street

Where does my recycling go?

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Our waste collection vehicles have two separate sections; one for food recycling which is collected every week and the other for either mixed recycling or rubbish which are collected fortnightly on alternating weeks. This means that we have half as many vehicles on the road which helps to reduce carbon
emissions.

Mixed Recycling

Including:

  • Paper, cardboard and cartons
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic grocery packaging
  • Tins and cans
  • Kitchen foil and foil trays
  • Empty aerosol cans

Mixed recycling is taken to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Crayford.

Once at Crayford the mixed recycling is sorted into specific categories such as paper, card, glass, plastic, and metals which are baled and ready to then be sent on to suppliers to be made into new products.

Rubbish

The rubbish from your black bin is taken to Kent Enviropower in Allington. Here the waste is burnt to create electricity.

Food Recycling

The food recycling that we collect from resident’s homes is taken to a composting facility in East Malling, where it’s treated at high temperatures to kill any harmful bacteria. It is then used locally on farms as a soil improver.

Garden Waste

Green waste collected from your garden bin is taken to East Malling for composting.

Textiles Recycling

Textiles are recycled by Lawrence M Barry- Textiles can be recycled by placing them in a standard sized carrier bag and presenting them next to your green recycling bin. Please do not put textiles in your recycling bin.

Small Electrical Items

Small electrical items are recycled by MDJ Light Brothers Ltd- Residents are able to recycle small electrical items by placing them in a standard sized carrier bag and presenting them next to their rubbish bin.

Small electrical items are sent on for recycling and the components are separated and used in manufacturing. To take part simply place your small electrical items into a carrier bag and place this next to your black rubbish bin on your next scheduled rubbish collection.

Batteries Recycling

Batteries are recycled by Battery Back PLC- Batteries can be recycled by placing them in a small sandwich bag and leaving them on the closed lid of your grey rubbish bin.

Learn more about recycling

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Thanks to our residents in 2013-14 we recycled and composted over 46% of our waste and this year the figure is around 50%. Please help us by recycling and composting as much of your waste as you can and help up reach 60% by 2019.

Love Food Hate Waste

A third of the food we buy in the UK gets thrown away. For tips on storing food and recipes for using up leftovers you can visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Educational visits

If you are a school, community group or run a Cub or Brownie pack, we can give talks and presentations. Topics include recycling, composting and littering.

Recycling and composting visits to schools can include a workshop where the children can make models from recyclable materials.

If your group would like to organise a litter pick, we can give advice, equipment and even help collect the rubbish.

If you'd like to organise a litter pick or are interested in our educational visits email waste@maidstone.gov.uk

Eco Schools

Eco Schools is a programme for schools which aims to raise awareness of sustainable development issues, to find out more you can take a look on the Keep Britain Tidy website.

Black and Orange Food Bin

A new food recycling bin costs £8. You can order a new food bin using our online form.  If you're in a new home, contact your developer or managing agent as they should provide the bins for you.

You can recycle all food in your food recycling bin and it is collected weekly. Please leave your bin for collection on the boundary of your property for 7am on collection day.

Where to purchase a caddy

Residents can buy a kitchen caddy from most homeware stores or online. Alternatively you can reuse a container, such as an ice cream tub.

Do I need to line my caddy?

You don’t have to line your kitchen caddy, but if you do please use compostable bags, kitchen roll or newspaper. Liners are made out of potato starch, corn starch or paper and are certified EN 13432.

Please don't use plastic bags as they can’t be composted.

If you choose to line your caddy, residents are able to purchase liners at a discounted rate from Bio Bag. Click here to purchase.

What can I put in my caddy?

You can put any raw or cooked food in your caddy and can even scrap uneaten food straight into it.

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All dairy products Liquids
Bread, cakes & pastries Oil or liquid fat
Eggs Packing of any sort
Fruit & vegetables - raw & cooked Plastic bags
Meat & fish - raw & cooked including bones Compostable cups & plates
Rice, pasta & beans   
Tea bags & coffee grounds   
Takeaway left overs   
Uneaten food from your plates & dishes   
Need a new bin?

A new recycling bin costs £8. If you're in a new home, contact your developer or managing agent as they should provide the bins for you.

Order a new food bin

Garden Bin

We have now started providing brown bins to residents who subscribe to our fortnightly garden waste collection. This is to bring our collections in line with our partners, Ashford and Swale Borough Councils. If you already subscribe to the service you should keep using your green bin with yellow stripe for garden waste. However, if this bin needs replacing in the future due to damage or if it goes missing, a new brown bin will be provided.

If you have enough room for a garden bin there are two sizes to hire:

  • A 140 litre bin is £36 a year and
  • A 240 litre bin is £40 a year

The year starts from when the bin has been delivered to the property. The smaller bin is only suitable for customers with small gardens or limited space. If you don’t have much room for a garden bin, you could share with a neighbour. You can have more than one garden bin and you will be charged for each one that you have.

Please leave your bin for collection on the boundary of your property for 7am on collection day.

Items you can and can't put in your garden bin:

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Flowers & Plants Kitchen scraps
Grass cuttings Rubble
Hedge trimmings and prunings Stones
Leaves & small branches Turf
   Soil or compost

We won't be able to take your bin if it's too heavy for the crew to move safely, or if the collection vehicle can't pick it up.

Compostable garden sacks

We no longer collect compostable garden sacks. We have a subscription-only sack service, which is only available for customers who have no room for a garden bin.

What if I have no room for a garden bin?

If you're assessed as not being suitable for a garden bin you'll be able to have our subscription only sack service. This is only available for customers who are assessed as having no room for a garden bin.

This subscription service is £40 a year for up to 52 sacks and are collected fortnightly. You can sign up by calling 01622 602600.

Are you moving house or cancelling a bin?

If you are moving house or no longer want your bin, you can let us know by using our online form.

Order a new garden bin

Pay for an existing garden bin

Textiles collections

Textiles are collected on your recycling collection day.

These should fit into a carrier bag and put next to your green recycling bin. We can't accept pillows or duvets or any items in black sacks or charity bags.

Electrical collections

Small electrical items will be collected on your rubbish collection day.

The items should fit into a carrier bag and put next to your black rubbish bin. We can't accept televisions, computer monitors or any items that won't fit into a standard sized carrier bag.

Batteries

Batteries will be collected on your rubbish collection day.

They should be placed in a sandwich bag on the closed lid of your bin. Unfortunately, we can't accept car batteries.

Moving house

If you're moving house, please don't take your bins with you. If you're in a new home please contact your developer or managing agent as they should provide the bins for you.

If you have a garden bin, you can take it with you. You'll need to let us know that you've done so by completing our online form.

If you do need a new bin, you'll need to pay for it. Below are the prices and sizes of all our available bins:

Bin Type and Sizes Price (£)
Black Bin £25
Green Bin £25
Black and Orange Food Recycling Bin £8
Garden Bin (140 litre) £33.30 per year
Garden Bin (240 litre) £37 per year

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