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Food and garden recycling
Food and garden waste is collected every week on the same
day as black sack
rubbish for individual households only. Collection
times may change so present all rubbish by 7am on your usual
collection day. If you live in a flat or apartment block please
contact your management agent about your organic
Garden waste will not be collected if placed in black sacks as
Each week you will be able to present a maximum
1x brown wheelie bin and 2x open (non-black) sacks
4x open (non-black) sacks
Please note, a single sack should not exceed 80L and
able to be lifted and emptied easily into the collection vehicle.
If you have more than this, additional garden recycling can be
taken to our three household waste and recycling centre.
To find out what happens to your organic waste after collection
please visit Where your rubbish ends up or for
further recycling advice in our A-Z recycling guide.
Find out about home composting and other tips on how to reduce your
Sale of compostable liners
To help you continue to recycle your food waste, compostable
kitchen caddy liners are available to buy from all 16
libraries at £1.50 for a roll of 26.
Read our frequently asked questions on the sale of compostable
liners (pdf 36kb).
wheelie bin (food and garden recycling)
- All food recycling, including;
- Meat and fish (with or without bones)
- Plate scrapings
- Fruit and vegetable peelings and cores
- Egg shells
- Tea bags and coffee grounds
waste can be wrapped in compostable liners, newspaper or placed in
your brown wheelie bin loose. Only use compostable liners that show
the seedling logo (right), or says home compostable. Compostable
liners can be purchased from all Medway libraries, most local
supermarkets or the following link compostable kitchen caddy
Do not to put plastic bags into your brown bin;
these are not compostable and will not rot in the composting
- Grass and hedge clippings
- Garden prunings and weeds
- Small branches (no more than 5cm across)
- Dead plants
Brown wheelie bin - top tips
- To avoid your brown wheelie bin going missing after collection,
we advise placing your property number on your bin.
- Shredded paper that cannot be secured in the blue reusable bags
can be placed inside your brown wheelie bin.
- Food-soiled cardboard like pizza boxes can also be placed
inside your brown bin.
- Do not place turf, soil and hardcore into your brown wheelie
bin as these materials are not accepted.
- Bins that are too heavy will not be collected as they can break
whilst being emptied. If this happens a sticker will be placed on
the bin and you will need to empty some of the waste for your next
Brown garden sacks (garden recycling only)
Due to licensing restrictions, we are unable to collect food
recycling from sacks. Only use open sacks for garden recycling
items listed above.
Brown garden sacks will only be provided to those residents
without a brown wheelie bin.
Smaller brown food bins
- Trialled since 2011 to some properties not
suitable for a brown wheelie bin.
- These are to be expanded to other households not
suitable for a brown wheelie bin in
- If your property is suitable for a brown wheelie bin, you will
not have the option of the smaller brown food bin.
Importance of food and garden waste recycling
- Wrapped food waste inside a brown wheelie bin with the lid
closed is more secure than if it was placed into the black plastic
rubbish sack. If rodents and pests do not rip open these
black sacks, your street stays cleaner.
- Recycling food waste costs about 50 per cent less than if it is
put in a black sack.
- The food waste is converted into compost by a natural process
and the majority of the product is then spread on local farms as a
fertiliser. Unfortunately the end product produced is not
available for residential re-sale.
- Rotting food in landfill generates methane, a greenhouse gas
that is around 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
- Garden waste presented in black sacks will not be collected
after 28 October 2013.
Find further recycling advice in our A-Z recycling guide
Check your collection day
Find a tip/recycling centre