Green bin - food and garden waste

The Royal Borough of Greenwich collects food and garden waste from your green-top bin or corn starch sack (depending on your property type).

The material is delivered to an in-vessel composting (IVC) facility in Dagenham, Essex, where it's turned into compost.

Bins and sacks used for the Green food and garden waste recycling service

Food waste

Food waste refers to all cooked and uncooked food, including:

  • fruit and vegetables
  • meat, fish and bone
  • plate scrapings
  • rice, pasta and bread
  • tea bags and coffee grounds.

Garden waste

Garden waste includes:

  • grass, hedge and shrub cuttings
  • leaves and weeds
  • plants and flowers
  • straw, hay and sawdust
  • tree bark and small branches (less than 50mm or two inches in diameter)
  • vegetarian pet waste (for example, from rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters)

Not in the green bin

Please don't put plastic bin liners, plastic sacks, carrier bags or degradable/biodegradable sacks in your green-top bin as they don't break down quickly enough.

Please keep the amount of soil you put into the green-top bin to a minimum. If you have a lot of soil to dispose of you can load it into small rubble sacks and we can collect it as part of our bulky waste collection service.

Using your kitchen caddy

Residents can request a six-litre kitchen caddy to store food waste in until there is enough to put into the bins or sacks for collection.

Compostable sign indicating that corn starch or paper bags or liners are suitable for food and garden waste to be composted

Corn starch and paper liners and sacks are suitable for holding your food and garden waste - don't use plastic bags.

Make sure that the sacks you use carry the 'compostable' sign.

Buy caddy sacks

Home composting equipment

We work with a company called Straight PLC to provide composting bins and equipment to residents.

Buy home composting equipment (Get Composting website)

Reduce food waste

We support the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which encourages people to shop, cook and store food wisely.

Learn how to reduce food waste (Love Food Hate Waste website)