Recycling bin

You should recycle as much as you possibly can.

We provide wheelie bins or blue boxes for you to recycle your waste.recycling bins

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 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
  • wallpaper
  • wood

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

Ensure 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.

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

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.