Non-recycling

Waste that could be recycled or reused and ends up at landfill adds to Harlow’s share of the Essex landfill tax bill. Council Tax payers end up footing the landfill tax bill, so recycling helps to keep costs down for everyone.

Every year, thousands of ;tonnes of unnecessary waste are sent to landfill. By reducing what we consume we can prevent waste and save energy, water and resources. More information on reducing your waste

Find out your bin collection dates by typing your address into the bin collection box.

What can I put in non-recycling?

no thanks do not put in your non-recycling

  • Any items that could be put in your recycling
  • Building rubble and hazardous items such as car batteries, pesticides and herbicides
  • Food that could be put in your food caddy
  • Garden waste - you can use our bookable Green Waste service
  • Light bulbs should be taken to the Harlow Recycling Centre
  • Liquids - such as paint

Find out what can be taken to Harlow Recycling Centre (also known as the tip or dump) run by Essex County Council.

Yes please put in your non- recycling

Please recycle and re-use what you can first to help us reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. No extra non-recycling will be collected.  If you are struggling with fitting all of your non-recyclable waste in the bin provided, please contact us to see if there is any advice or assistance we can offer.

  • Packaging that cannot be recycled for example polystyrene
  • Any plastics not marked with 1 or 2 symbols such as yoghurt pots, plastic bags, film wrapping and some plastic food trays
  • Cartons - juice and drinks
  • Wallpaper
  • Nappies and incontinence waste - can be put in non-recycling or use our nappy and incontinence waste collection

Please ensure your bins are out on the boundary by 7am on your collection day and are easily accessible.

What happens to non-recycling once collected?

Currently any non-recycling collected in Harlow is sent to landfill (rubbish tips) and buried in the ground. The more waste we send to landfill, the more harm we do to the environment with greenhouse gases. The cost of putting waste in landfill is rising in line with landfill taxes. These costs could be passed onto Council taxpayers in future