Recycling, non recycling and food waste
- When will my bins be collected?
- What can I put in my recycling and where does it all go?
- What can I put in my non-recycling and where does it all go?
- What can I put in my food caddy and where does it all go?
- What bins do I use and what do the hangers mean?
- How do I order new bins if I don't have any or if they are broken?
Bulky collections (Heavy Squad)
Harlow Council offers a bulky collection service if you want to dispose of any household items. More information on bulky collections
You can have your garden waste collected by the Council or you can get composting. More information on Green Waste collections and composting
Recycle your Christmas tree.
- Real Christmas trees - book a collection (for composting) for January using the Green waste bagged collection service for just £2 a tree. Or if you are signed up for Green Waste Premium service (fortnightly collections) just put your real Christmas tree out next to your brown wheelie bin on your January collection day. All real trees are composted. More information on Green Waste collections and composting
- Artificial Christmas tree - book a collection using the Bulky collection service. More information on bulky collections
You can recycle your unwanted clothes and shoes at any textile bank site in Harlow. More information on the Textile Bank Scheme
Reducing your waste
Waste that 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, re-using and reducing will help to keep costs down for everyone. More information on how to reduce your waste and energy
Recycling Centre for household waste (also known as the tip or dump)
The Harlow Recycling Centre for household waste at Temple Bank, Harlow, CM20 2DY is run by Essex County Council (ECC). More information and opening times
Residents and healthcare professionals must be clear on how to dispose of their clinical waste including any infectious items and sharps, whether self-treating at home or by a healthcare professional. More information on clinical waste
Nappies and incontinence waste can be put into non-recycling containers (bins), but if you find this is not suitable, Harlow Council offers a separate nappy/incontinence waste collection. You can request an application form for this collection from Contact Harlow. Please note this does not replace Clinical Waste collections provided by the Health Authority.
Disposable nappies may seem to make life easier, but they create huge amounts of rubbish that can take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills. Switching to cloth nappies for all or part of the time can make a difference. A baby in disposables will need between 5,000 to 6,000 nappy changes in total, as opposed to 25 cloth nappies hanging on your washing line. Over 2.5 years the cost of disposable nappies soon adds up and you could save up to £1000 per baby by using cloth nappies. If you don’t want to wash them, you can join a nappy laundering service which will do it for you. For more information and how to claim £30 back against the purchase of any cloth nappies or laundering fees visit Recycle for Essex website.