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Where can I recycle?



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

Where Glass Shoes Textiles Books
Allington: London Road Park & Ride
Barming: The Bull Inn, Tonbridge Road
Bearsted: The Lion of Kent Pub, 139 Ashford Road
Coxheath: Village Hall, Stockett Lane
East Farleigh: The Bull Pub, Lower Road
Grafty Green: Who'd a Thought It Pub, Headcorn Road
Grove Green: Tesco, Grovewood Drive
Headcorn: Aerodrome, Shenley Road
Headcorn: Parsonage Meadow
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?


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


  • 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.


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


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

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.

Battery 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.

What can I recycle?


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 put in your recycling bin:

  • Cardboard
  • Cans
  • Drink cartons
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Food cartons
  • Foil trays
  • Fruit and vegetable punnets
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Kitchen foil
  • Magazines
  • Paper
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic meat trays
  • Plastic tubs and containers
  • Ready meal trays
  • Tins
  • Yogurt pots

Items that you cannot put in your recycling bin.

  • Bread bags
  • Carrier bags
  • Cling film
  • Crisp packets
  • Food waste
  • Nappies
  • Plastic sacks
  • Polystyrene
  • Textiles

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