A to Z of waste and recycling items

If you're unsure how to deal with a particular household item or material, look it up in the below A to Z index.

If an item says:

  • recyclable item - you should place the item in your green wheelie bin, green communal recycling bin or green recycling sack (depending on the type of property you live in).
  • food and garden waste - you should place the item in your brown wheelie bin or communal food waste bin (food items only).
  • non-recyclable refuse - you should place the item in your black wheelie bin, communal refuse bin or general refuse sacks.

Other items may be suitable for a large item collection or disposing of at a local waste and recycling centre.

For further details and guidance, see our Household rubbish and recycling pages.

This is for residential waste only. Businesses and landlords must use trade waste contractors.

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  • Garden chemicals  - arrange a hazardous waste collection
  • Garden waste - food and garden waste
  • Gas bottles - take to a local waste and recycling centre
    (Contact the manufacturer first to see if they are able to take back the item for refilling or disposal. One gas bottle up to 15kg in size, either propane or butane will be accepted per resident at the site.)
  • Glass bottles and jars - recyclable items
  • Grass - food and garden waste

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  • Incontinence pads- non-recyclable refuse, place in your black bin, double bagged, to reduce spillage

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  • Japanese Knotweed - You must not place any Japanese knotweed or soil contaminated with Japanese knotweed in any of the black bin, green bin, brown bin or garden waste sack for collection. Please read advice from the Environment Agency on how to dispose of Japanese knotweed safely and legally. 

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  • Kitchen Towel Roll - non-recyclable, place in the refuse bin

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  • Leaves - food and garden waste
  • Light bulbs - if they are energy saving take them to the recycling centre or if they are ordinary bulbs please dispose of them in the black refuse bin

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  • Nappies (disposable) - dispose of these in the black general waste bin. To switch to reusable, washable cloth nappies visit Real Nappies for London and claim your free voucher worth £54.15.
  • Nappies (eco/biodegradable) - these cannot be composted in your brown bin. Please dispose of these in the black general waste bin. To switch to reusable, washable cloth nappies visit Real Nappies for London and claim your free voucher worth £54.15.
  • Needles - clinical waste, arrange a clinical waste collection

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  • Re-use items -e.g. furniture suitable for resale by local charities (please speak to site staff for further information)
  • Rubble / hardcore - take to a local waste and recycling centre

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If we haven't listed an item you want to get rid of, try the Wise up to Waste A to Z.

You may also be able to take reusable items to a charity shop or list them with the Waltham Forest Freecycle group.