Food waste bin

Watch the video: How to use Merton’s food waste collection service (YouTube).

What goes inPlease...
  • bakery goods
  • dairy products
  • fruit and veg
  • tea and coffee
  • peelings, egg shells, bones
  • rice, pasta
  • fish and meat
  • line your kitchen caddy with a compostable liner or newspaper
  • no plastic bags
  • no packaging
  • no liquids
  • no oil or liquid fat
  • no kitchen roll

Garden waste bin

Garden waste collection is a paid-for service.

What goes inPlease...
  • grass cuttings
  • leaves
  • hedge trimmings
  • prunings and twigs
  • weeds
  • plants
  • small branches or bark
  • fallen fruit
  • cut flowers
  • no branches more than 22cm diameter
  • no Japanese Knotweed
  • no flower pots
  • no flower trays
  • no hardcore, grit, bricks or rubble
  • no stones or bricks
  • no soil
  • no wire, string, plastic or metal
  • no animal bedding
  • no food waste

Recycling bins, boxes and purple bags

What goes inPlease...
  • Aerosols
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cans and tins
  • Cardboard
  • Cartons - paper based i.e. milk, juice
  • Glass - bottles and jars
  • Lids - plastic and metal
  • Paper
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays
  • wash and squash items
  • tear up and flatten large boxes

Black sacks and blue bags

If you have no outside space we supply you with blue bags for your rubbish. All other residents need to use black bags.

What goes inPlease...
  • Non-recyclable household waste
  • tie your sacks securely
  • no building or DIY waste
  • no clinical waste such as syringes, dressings and pads
  • no garden waste - we offer a separate garden waste collection service or you can take it to the Garth Road recycling centre (tip)
  • no hazardous waste such as vehicle batteries, gas cylinders, paints, chemicals, oils, asbestos, tyres, electrical appliances, fluorescent tubes and light bulbs.
  • no dead animals – we offer a collection service for dead animals
  • no paint tins - allow the paint to dry before taking tins to the Garth Road recycling centre (tip)
  • no commercial waste
  • no cooking oil - this can be recycled at the Garth Road recycling centre (tip)

Other ways to dispose of your rubbish

You can take many types of waste to the Reuse and Recycling Centre (tip) or local recycling banks.

Special collection services are available for clinical waste and hazardous waste.

What happens to your recycling

Your food waste is turned into fertiliser and biogas fuel, through a process called anaerobic digestion.

Your garden waste is turned into compost.

Your dry recycling is separated into different materials, cleaned and re-processed so that it can be used make new products.