What you can recycle from home

You can recycle most of your household waste through our recycling collection scheme

How often is recyclable waste collected?

We pick up household recycling every two weeks.  Use the button below and input your postcode to find your collection dates.

Find out your bin collection day

Which bin to use

You must put everything that can be recycled into the right bin - otherwise the crew won't pick it up.

Bin Recyclable items
Purple lid bin or purple box
  • Clean cans
  • Tins
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Clean tin foil
  • Plastic containers

Please note: No plastic bags, wrappers or Tetra Pak

Black box
  • Clean paper
  • Cardboard
  • Shredded paper

Please note: No books or paper with a metallic finish

To help stop paper and card being blown away before collection, please place your green food caddy or a heavy loose item on top of the contents of your black box.

Green food bin
  • Food waste, raw or cooked
Brown lid bin
  • Garden waste eg hedge clippings, grass cuttings

Are used batteries collected?

We collect used batteries with your fortnightly paper recycling.  Just put them in a small, clear plastic food bag on top of your black box or recycling bin.

If you have paper or cardboard that won't fit into your box

Large cardboard should be broken down into 'dustbin sized' pieces and placed safely near your black box for collection.

How to recycle other waste

You can take most other recyclable items to your nearest recycling centre including:

What can't be recycled

Place the following items in the green lid rubbish bin:

  • plastic film, wrappers or bags
  • other non-recyclable waste, e.g. nappies
  • Tetra Pak
  • Compostable packaging

Kent County Council's A-Z waste disposal guide

For more details on how to dispose of other items, please visit the Kent County Council website