What a load of rubbish … or is it?

Each household produces around 1 tonne of rubbish every year!!  In the UK it is estimated that as much as 80% of the contents of our rubbish bins could have been recycled or composted. Recycling is one of the best ways to help make a positive impact on the environment and it is easy to do your bit. Recycling avoids landfill or incineration and uses fewer natural resources than starting from scratch, plus it means that valuable materials are used again and again.  For example plastic bottles are made from oil – a fossil fuel that will run out one day.

Your local council will provide bins to dispose of your waste.  In Maidstone we have green bins or separate boxes for recycling, black or grey bins or bags for rubbish, and small bins for food waste.  Give things a rinse before you put them in your recycling bin, because food or other waste remaining on items (or wrong items put in) can contaminate a whole load and cause it to be dumped, not recycled.  It also stops your bin smelling!


In Maidstone we can recycle the following:

All plastic bottles – from food/drinks, cosmetics/toiletries, cleaning products etc ~

Plastic containers – yoghurt pots, any plastic tubs, meat trays (not polystyrene) ~ ready meal trays, fruit/veg punnets and the plastic cups we use at St Luke’s ~

All glass jars and bottles, you can also put their lids/tops in

Any cardboard items – including egg boxes if you can’t reuse them

Any paper items – including magazines, junk mail, phone books etc. (NB you may want to block out your name and address from letters & envelopes).

”Tetra paks” and cartons

Metal items – clean foil, foil trays, tins & cans, including biscuit tins and empty aerosol cans

At St. Luke’s Our Kingdom Coffee cups are also OK to be recycled – we checked!


(Locally) We can also recycle these items from home:

Textiles: Unwanted clothes and shoes (if not suitable for a charity shop) should be put in a carrier bag and left next to your green bin on your recycling collection day, not in the recycling bin.

Small electrical items: Small electrical items can also be collected like hairdryers, kettles and toasters. Place them into a carrier bag and place next to your grey/black rubbish bin or sack on your rubbish collection day. (If they are working take them to a charity shop instead.)

Batteries: To recycle used batteries simply place them in a clear plastic bag and put on top of your black/grey rubbish bin or sack on rubbish collection day.


There should not be much left to put in your rubbish bin! Only things like:

Flimsy plastic film and plastic bags (NB you can return carrier bags and many fruit bags etc. to the carrier bag recycling collections at supermarkets)

Crinkly plastic bags and wrappings (e.g. crisp packets and biscuit wrappers)

Nappies, sanitary items, wipes (best not to flush them, even if they say flushable – especially not in a toilet with a macerator as our disabled loo!), cotton wool and cotton buds (never flush these down the toilet as they end up on the beach/in the sea as they slip through the filters)

Tissues and paper napkins.

Broken plant pots & hard plastic items

Broken Pyrex, drinking glasses, mirrors, or light bulbs.

Compost fruit & veg peelings at home (Maidstone Borough Council sells compost bins for gardens), or put both raw and cooked food waste into your separate food waste bin, not the rubbish bin.


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Recycling might seem a chore at first, but you are preventing unnecessary incineration or landfill and might even get a buzz from having an almost empty rubbish bin!

We have so much to be grateful for, but it comes with a duty to use our resources wisely. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed [even putting the bin out!], do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

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