Green Waste Plus Scheme
The Green Waste Plus scheme allows residents
to recycle a variety of food waste and cardboard in their green
wheeled bin along with their green waste. All cooked and uncooked
food is accepted as well as most types of cardboard, with the
exception of tetra packs (fruit juice cartons) and waxed cardboard
(e.g. washing powder boxes).
The scheme was successfully piloted in areas with a
Thursday collection day, and was rolled out Borough-wide to all
properties from August 2010. Please check the
website for details
of your next collection day.
What can go in your green wheeled bin?
The Green Waste Plus scheme has
increased the variety of items residents of Broxbourne can recycle
and has contributed significantly to an increased recycling rate
of 39.1 percent for 2010/11.
The green waste, food waste and
cardboard collected is composted and spread on farmland in
Hertfordshire. To ensure the highest quality compost it is
important that only the correct items are included in the
mix. The following table shows you the
different items accepted in your green bin.
Items accepted in the green wheeled bin
Garden waste including:
- grass/hedge cuttings, leaves, twigs
- small branches and real Christmas trees (cut
- flowers/dead headings, potted plants (without
the pots), wood prunings, weeds
- straw/hay (including small animal bedding -
anything organic that rots easily)
Food Waste including:
- food scraps and peelings/bones
(raw and cooked)
- meat, fish, dairy and bread
- fruit and vegetables
- tea bags and coffee grounds
NOTE: These items can be wrapped in newspaper
to avoid any unnecessary spillages. Please do not use any
compostable bags as these are not accepted by the service.
Simple, natural cardboard
- brown corrugated cardboard (no sellotape,
parcel tape or adhesives)
- toilet roll/kitchen roll tubes
- cereal packets
- shredded paper
- cardboard egg boxes (with non-compostable
- tissues, paper towels and envelopes
Please ensure only the above items are placed into your green
wheeled bin for recycling. Any items not in this list can result in
contamination and a green waste load being rejected.
Find out more about what should
not be placed in green wheeled bins
and issues of contamination.
What should I do to recycle my food waste and cardboard?
- Keep an empty cereal box or a sheet
of newspaper handy in your kitchen.
- When preparing your meal place all food
waste, including any cooked food left over after the meal, into the
cereal box or onto a sheet of newspaper. Wrap to prevent
unnecessary spillages and odours.
- Place your wrapped up newspaper full of
food directly into your green wheeled bin.
- Food waste can be stored in a
kitchen caddy before being emptied into your green wheeled
bin. The caddy can be lined with newspaper or paper bags but please
do not use plastic (including bio-degradable and compostable)
- Place all other cardboard (toilet rolls, egg
boxes etc.) into your wheeled bin. Tear up large pieces to create
Further information can be found in the Green Waste
Plus leaflet and by viewing the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's).