Don’t waste it, recycle it!
By recycling as much of your waste as you can you are helping to save valuable resources and it is good for the environment. More information on reducing waste
Keep your bin happy… it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3
Check if your item is on the below list of yes please items.
Ensure the items are empty, clean and dry. Squash plastic bottles and flatten cardboard to maximise space in your container.
Place items in your bin for collection. Extra recycling in untied sacks that are not black or purple will be collected if left next to your full recycling wheelie bin or blue box. Please ensure your bins are out on the boundary by 7am on your collection day and are easily accessible. You can find your collection day using the bin collection box
Recycling in purple or black sacks will not be collected.
You can also recycle:
- Catalogues, leaflets, greetings cards and brochures (no plastic wrappers)
- Telephone directories
- Shredded paper
- Sweet/biscuit tins
Unfortunately any black plastic items with the number 1 or 2 symbol currently cannot be recycled
Contamination is a recycling bin's worst enemy
If you put items in your recycling on the ‘No thanks’ list it will be classed as contamination and it could be sent to landfill.
- 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 collections
- Food waste - please put in food waste caddy
- Food packaging with any remaining food or liquid - makes the material unsuitable for recycling and may also contaminate other recyclables
- Green waste - you can use our bookable Green Waste services
- Light bulbs - can be taken to Harlow Recycling Centre
- Nappies, incontinence and sanitary waste - can be put in non-recycling or use our nappy and incontinence collection
- Packaging that cannot be recycled for example polystyrene and plastics not marked with 1 or 2 symbols, such as some food trays, yoghurt pots, tubs, plastic bags and film wrapping
- Cartons - juice, soup .etc
What happens to the recycling collected?
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.