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Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Recycling More Together

New collection service starts September 2019


When our new recycling services start on Monday 30 September we will be making it easier for residents to recycle more.

As part of the changes your brown bin will be used for glass, plastic and cans recycling.

Examples of what you will be able to put in each of your containers are shown below.


What goes into your bins - from 30 September

Green bin

Your green bin is for household rubbish that can't be recycled or composted.

Here's some examples of what you can and can't put in your green bin.

Things you CAN Things you CAN'T
General household waste Garden waste like soil or turf
Nappies Rubble, bricks and stones
'Ready-meal' containers DIY waste
Film lids from food packaging Paint or oil
Plastics that can't be recycled Wood
  Electrical items (book an electrical collection for those)
  Cushions or pillows
  Mattresses or furniture (book a large item collection for those)

For big, bulky items and large electrical items, you can book a large or electrical item collection (formerly bulky waste).

You can also take most things to the North Farm tip.

Brown bin

Your brown bin is for plastics, cans and glass recycling.

Here's some examples of what you can and can't put in your brown bin.

Things you CAN Things you CAN'T
Glass bottles and jars Plastic bags
Yoghurt pots 'Ready-meal' microwave trays
Plastic food trays Flower pots
Tubs (such as butter) Cling film or film lids from food packaging
Metal food trays Plastic egg boxes
Drink cans Crisp and biscuit packets
Food cans (such as baked beans) Bread bags
Deodorant and aerosol cans Coat hangers
Bottle tops (plastic and metal) Paper or cardboard
Foil Tetrapak Cartons (such as juice, tomatoes and custard)

Black bin

Your black bin is for garden waste.

Here's some examples of things you can and can't put in your black bin.

Things you CAN Things you CAN'T
Grass cutting Soil or turf
Plants and flowers Stones
Hedge trimmings Cat and dog litter
Shredded paper (small amount) Plastic plant pots
Paper bags Polystyrene
Small branches (5cm diameter) Compostable or cornstarch bags
Real Christmas trees (5cm diameter and left beside bin) Fence panels and posts
  Treated wood
  Japanese knotweed
  Glass
  Fake Christmas trees

Don't have a black bin?

Our garden waste service is an opt-in service provided for an annual charge of £52.

When you subscribe to the service you will receive a new 240 litre black wheeled bin which will be for garden waste only.

You don’t have to subscribe to the service, you can take garden waste to North Farm or compost at home.

Register you interest in the garden waste service

Green box

Your green box is for paper and cardboard recycling.

Here's some examples of what you can and can't put in your green box.

Things you CAN Things you CAN'T
Cardboard Plastics and cans
Paper (including envelopes and mail) Wrapping paper
Newspapers and magazines Padded envelopes
Christmas and greeting cards Food and drink cartons

Food caddy

You will have two food caddies, a 5 litre one which can be kept indoors and a 23 litre one which will be collected weekly.

Here's some examples of things you can and can't put in your food caddy.

Things you CAN Things you CAN'T
Fruit and vegetables (cooked or raw) Oil or liquid fat
All dairy products Liquids
Bread, cakes and pastries Packaging
Meat and fish (cooked or raw including bones) Plastic bags or wrapping
Rice, pasta and beans  
Tea bags and coffee grounds  

Do I need to line my caddy?

You don't have to line your food caddies, but if you do please use newspaper, kitchen roll or compostable bags.

Compostable bags should be made of potato starch, corn starch or paper and certified EN13432

Sacks

You'll use sacks if your property doesn't have space for a black bin, brown bin or a green box.

Sack for garden waste

If you subscribe to the garden waste service and you do not have space for a wheeled bin - you'll have three garden waste sacks. Whatever you can put in a black bin, you can put in your garden waste sack.

Hessian sacks for recycling

Whatever you can put in your green box or brown bin, you can put in your hessian sacks.

Please don't mix glass, plastics and cans with paper and cardboard. If you do, we can't collect it.

Communal bins

You'll have a communal bin if you live in a:

  • Block of flats
  • Flat above a shop
  • Communal home (HMO)

The bins will be labelled so you know what goes in each one.

As a rule:

  • Whatever is listed in the 'Green bin' tab on this page, you can put the same things in your general waste bin
  • Things in the 'Brown bin' tab, you can put in your glass, plastic and cans recycling bin
  • Items in the 'Green box' tab can be put in your paper and cardboard recycling bin

Textiles

Textiles will be collected on your recycling collection day.

You can put out textiles in a carrier bag alongside your brown bin and green box.

Please note we can't accept pillows or duvets or any items in black sacks or charity bags.

Electrical

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

You can put out small electrical items in a carrier bag alongside your green bin.

Please note we can't accept any item that won't fit into a standard sized carrier bag.

Batteries

Batteries will be collected on your recycling day.

You can put out batteries in a small clear bag on the closed lid of your brown bin.

Please note we can't accept car batteries.

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