If you live in the London Borough of Bexley, you’ll need to get acquainted with the rules and regulations about recycling! For the last 15 years, Bexley has been the number one London borough for recycling – the area is proud of their contribution towards a cleaner environment. We’re sure you wouldn’t want to let the borough down! If you’ve freshly moved to Bexley or you need to reacquaint yourself with the recycling rules in your area, we’re here to help you out… Keep reading for your Bexley guide on what to do with your rubbish and recycling.
What you need to know about recycling in Bexley
Did you know that up to 80% of your household items can be recycled, and others can be reused? A extremely high amount! There are local recycling banks dotted around the area where you can donate items that can still be used. You can also take these things to charity shops. For those items that can be collected from your home, you’ll need four boxes. On your collection day (which will differ depending on where you live), your bins will need to be ready and waiting for the collectors by 6am.
Bexley Green Points
To encourage recycling in the borough of Bexley, the council has set up a ‘green points’ system. This allows residents to earn points, get special discounts and offers from green partners, and enter voucher giveaways! If you need an incentive to recycle, think of all the points you can build up…
Plastic recycling in Bexley
For your plastic recycling in Bexley, you will either have a wheeled bin with a white lid, or a box in black or maroon. Collected every other week, this bin should be used to collect your plastic packaging, glass jars and bottles, cans, and food and drink cartons. Even foil can be collected from these bins. There are certain materials that you shouldn’t put in this bin: lightbulbs, mirrors and pet food pouches for example. In a communal setting, like a block of flats, this large recycling bin will be green and silver.
Paper recycling in Bexley
To store your paper recycling in Bexley, you’ll need a wheeled bin with a blue lid or a green box. Collected every other week on the alternating week to your plastic, this bin will be dedicated to your paper and cardboard. Materials such as newspapers, magazines, letters, envelopes will all be collected from this bin. However, make sure not to put these things in your paper bin: drinks cartons, plastics, foam, and foil or glitter wrapping paper. If you live in a block of flats, this larger bin will be blue.
Non-recyclable rubbish in Bexley
Your last wheeled bin will be for non-recyclable rubbish, and will have a green lid. This will be collected every two weeks and should be used for all general rubbish that can’t be put in your other recyclable bins. This may include pet waste, glass (wrapped up to avoid piercing the bag), vacuum bags and more.
Food waste collection in Bexley
To organise your food waste in Bexley, you will be given a food box and a caddy for your kitchen to use on a day-to-day basis. Use starch bags to line these caddies – these can be recycled at the same time as the food and can be found in supermarkets. Collected weekly, use this bin for food scraps, tea bags, coffee grounds, and more. However, don’t put garden waste or plastic packaging in the bins.
If you live in a property in Bexley where wheelie bins or boxes can’t be used, the council can provide you with bags to store your recyclables in, which are collected in the same way. Replacement bins can be requested if you need another one! If you’re still unsure about what you can put where, the council has provided a fact sheet guide to recycling.
Bexley’s reuse and recycle centres
If you need to dispose of items that can’t be collected by Bexley council, such as DIY materials, construction rubble, and bricks, you’ll need to take a trip to the reuse and recycle centre. In Bexley, these centres can be found on Maidstone Road in Foots Cray and Thames Road in Crayford. If you’re in areas of Bexley such as, Bexleyheath, Erith, Sidcup and Welling, these centres will be ideal for you to access. You could also visit the centres in the borough of Bromley if you’re in the area.
Garden and bulky waste collection in Bexley
You may be wondering what to do with your garden waste or those bulky items that you’ve been wanting to clear out. If you’re an avid gardener, Bexley council conduct a garden waste collection service for a yearly fee. However, maybe you’ve just done a one-off garden clearance and wouldn’t need these services for an entire year. Here at Junk Taxi, we can collect your garden waste and your bulky household items whenever you need us to, at your convenience.