National lockdown rules apply in Harlow. You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You can now access community testing in Harlow to find out if you might have the virus without symptoms.

Recycling bin

Recycling blue bin and boxYou should recycle as much as you possibly can.

We provide wheelie bins or blue boxes for you to recycle your waste. We collect these every 2 weeks. 

You need to make sure the items are empty, clean and dry. Squash plastic bottles and flatten cardboard to maximise space in your container.

We will collect any extra recycling if you leave it in a clear plastic bag at the side of your bin on your collection day. Please do not use purple or black sacks as we will not pick these up.

Yes please:

  • mixed paper – newspapers, magazines, paperback books, leaflets, brochures, greeting cards (no glitter), wrapping paper (no glitter or foil-like wrapping)
  • cardboard – egg boxes, toilet and kitchen rolls
  • aerosols – deodorant, cleaning products, hair products
  • foil – food containers, take away trays
  • metal cans – drink cans, food cans, biscuit tins
  • plastics – types 1 and 2, you can find the number in the recycle triangle
  • mixed glass - bottles and jars

No thanks:

  • black or purple bags
  • ceramics, crockery, window glass or Pyrex
  • clothes, shoes and fabric items - find out what to do with textiles
  • electrical items - you can use our bulky waste collection
  • food waste - this goes in your food caddy
  • food packaging with any remaining food or liquid - makes the material unsuitable for recycling and can contaminate other recyclables
  • green waste - you can use our green waste collection
  • light bulbs - you can take these to Harlow Recycling Centre (the dump)
  • nappies, incontinence and sanitary waste - these can be put in non-recycling or use our nappies and incontinence collection
  • polystyrene
  • plastics not marked with 1 or 2 symbols - like yoghurt pots, tubs, plastic bags and film wrapping
  • cartons (juice or soup)
  • wallpaper
  • wood

Unfortunately, any black plastic items with the number 1 or 2 symbols currently cannot be recycled.

Collected recycling is taken to a Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where items such as paper, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, cardboard, tins and cans are separated and then turned into new products.