Recycling at home

Changes in waste and recycling services due to coronavirus

View our service update page for the latest advice on our recycling and rubbish services including bulky waste collections and street cleaning.

Recycling collections

If you live in a house or a small block of flats you can recycle using our Smart Sacks service. If you live in a large block of flats with shared rubbish bins you will probably have a Smart Bank.

Please put your recycling out before 6am on your collection day – or after 9pm on the evening before.

Your bin collection day does not change on or after a bank holiday weekend. Collection days do change at Christmas and New Year.

Check your collection day

Missed collections

Report a missed collection

Smart Sacks

Smart Sacks are single-use bags used to collect recycling.

Find out more about Smart Sacks

Recycling for estates, flats and mansion blocks

If you live on an estate or in a large block of flats you will have a reusable bag to store your recycling and various ways to get it collected depending on where you live.

Recycling for flats and estates

What you can recycle

Most people recycle because it's good for the environment, reduces waste and helps keep your council tax bills down. Are you doing your bit?

Please put the following items in, smart clear sacks or in the smart banks, or in the new green bins:

  • clean and empty mixed glass (take metal lids off and put them loose in your recycling)
  • clean and dry unshredded paper, card and cardboard
  • clean and empty plastic bottles (please squash and keep plastic lids on)
  • clean and empty plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • clean and empty cartons (please squash and keep plastic lids on)
  • clean and empty Tetra Paks (please squash and keep plastic lids on)
  • clean and empty tins and cans.

More on what you can and can't recycle and why

Contact us

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
020 8753 1100

Report a problem online


Please don’t put aerosol cans in your recycling

As a new measure to improve safety at our waste sorting facility we’ll no longer be recycling aerosol cans. Please visit the Western Riverside Waste Authority website for more information.

Check your bin & recycling collection day