Green waste and cardboard collection
The green-lidded bin service is for collecting and composting household garden waste, cardboard and food waste.
Put the following items in your green-lidded bin
- Grass cuttings
- hedge clippings
- thorny branches
- fallen fruit
- brown corrugated cardboard (used for packaging around bulky items like televisions)
- flat grey cardboard (typically used in cereal and shoe boxes and toilet roll tubes)
- shiny cardboard (typically used around ready meals)
- Some greeting cards. Pease do not add cards with metal or glitter or plastic into the green-lidded bin.
- vegetables (cooked and uncooked)
- meat and fish (cooked and uncooked)
- tea bags
- coffee grounds
- plate scrapings
Do not put the following in your green-lidded bin
- Plastic. This includes biodegradable or compostable plastic
- Stone, concrete, timber or builder's waste
- Glass or metal
- Plant pots
- Significant amounts of soil or turf that cause the bin to be too heavy to lift
- Clothes or textiles
- Carpet material
- Household rubbish
When your bin is due for collection.
Use our handy postcode search to find your next collection date.
If you have problems with smells and food waste
This information leaflet may help you manage your food waste. The simple advise is wrap it, use both bins and keep your bin clean.
You should wrap any potentially smelly food waste in newspapers, kitchen roll or paper bags. We cannot currently accept any type of plastic bag including biodegradable, compostable or degradable plastic bags.
Use both bins in hot weather.
If it is particularly hot you may put food waste in either your green-lidded or black bin. This way your food waste is collected each week.
Keep your bin clean.
In order to help maintain a clean bin you may find it useful to line the base of the green-lidded bin with cardboard to absorb any moisture and prevent garden waste becoming smelly.
If you have concerns about flies, odours and maggots then you may find these hints and tips useful.
If you have more than a bin full of garden waste.
If you occasionally have more garden waste than can fit into your green-lidded bin then you can place up to six additional sacks next to your green-lidded bin for collection. Please place additional garden waste in open sacks, not tied. These sacks will be returned to you but may not be in a re-usable condition. The council has a selection of re-usable garden waste bags provided through a separate funding scheme by the Kent Waste Partnership, contact the waste team for a sample of these bags.