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

Happy recycling wheelie bin Keep your bin happy… it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

Step 1

Check if your item is on the below list of yes please items.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Yes please put in recycling

Recycle areosolsRecycle foilRecycle rinsed clean food tins and drinks cansRecycle plastics with symbols 1 and 2Recycle washed mixed coloured bottles and jarsRecycle booksRecycle flattened cardboardRecycle mixed paperRecycle newspapers and magazinesRecycle telephone directories

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

no thanks do not put in recycling

Worried and sad recycling wheelie bin

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
  • Wallpaper
  • Wood

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.

Transcript for MRF video on Recyclenow website