What to put in your rubbish and recycling sacks | Sevenoaks District Council

What to put in your rubbish and recycling sacks


** The Council’s weekly refuse and recycling collection service is continuing as usual, however it may be necessary to change routes so collection times may be earlier or later than residents are used to, therefore it is important that residents put their sacks out by 7am on their collection day.


Every week we collect your rubbish and recycling. Your rubbish and recycling should be placed at your property boundary, or communal bin, by 7am on your collection day.

We also deliver a roll of 30 clear recycling sacks and a roll of 20 black sacks to your home every 20 weeks.

Recycling using your clear sacks

You can put the following clean items into your clear sacks:

  • Newspapers, magazines, other paper and shredded documents
  • Cardboard boxes and packaging. If a box is too big to go in your sack, flatten it and place it under the sack or please take to your local cardboard recycling bank.
  • Cans, including empty aerosol cans, tins, metal bottle tops, jar lids, biscuit and sweet tins
  • Tetra Pak® and other food, drink and long-life cartons
  • Aluminium take-away and ready-meal trays, meals-on-wheels trays and clean kitchen foil
  • Plastic bottles and tops. Please do not include plastic bottles from hazardous chemical containers or motor oils and spray and push tops
  • Plastic yoghurt pots, margarine and ice cream tubs, fruit baskets and trays. Please put black plastic pots, tubs, trays or lids, or film lids in your black sacks.

Black sacks

  • These are used for household rubbish that cannot be recycled
  • Please do not put any sharp objects in your black sacks
  • Your black sacks are taken to a waste to energy plant when they are burnt to generate electricity.

Rubbish bins

If you are planning to use a bin to store your rubbish and recycling, we recommend you use a smaller traditional 80 to 90-litre dustbin.

If you use a wheelie bin, you will need to remove your sacks from your bin before your collection or put a sturdy box in the bottom of your bin so our collectors can reach the bottom sacks.

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