Recycling and waste

Recycling, non recycling and food waste


If you move home please leave the containers (bins) for recycling, non-recycling and food waste at the old property. If you move into a property and there are no containers (bins) please complete a Recycling and waste container request online.

If you have genuine difficulty moving your containers (bins) to the boundary of your property on collection day, please contact an Advisor at Contact Harlow to request an application form to be included on the assisted collections list.

Bulky collections (Heavy Squad)

Harlow Council offers a bulky collection service if you want to dispose of a household item that cannot be recycled. More information on booking a bulky collection

Green waste

You can have your garden waste collected by the Council or you can get composting. More information on Green Waste collections and composting


You can recycle your unwanted clothes and shoes at any textile bank site in Harlow. More information on the Textile Bank Scheme

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

ECC is currently collecting information from residents that use Essex Recycling Centres to help develop a Recycling Centre service strategy. More information and the online review.

Nappies and incontinence waste


Nappies and incontinence waste can be put into non-recycling containers (bins), but if you find this is not suitable, Harlow Council offers separate nappy/incontinence waste collections. You can request an application form for this weekly collection from Contact Harlow. Please note this does not replace Clinical Waste collections through the Health Authority.

Real cloth nappies

Cloth nappies

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.