Helping residents to recycle more

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We now collect small electrical items, household batteries, and clothing including shoes from your doorstep along with your green bin on your collection day! Batteries will be recycled straight away, while clothing and small electrical items will be reused if suitable, and recycled if they are not fit for reuse.

This means: 

  • more materials than ever are eligible to be recycled from your doorstep
  • it’s never been easier to have spare items collected for reuse
  • waste is being reduced even further 

In 2019 the Council declared a Climate Emergency and committed to reducing the borough’s impact on climate change. This includes making sure every household is given a standard sized refuse bin. By increasing the amount of recycling collected, Waltham Forest can take a significant step towards improving its impact on the global environment. 

Currently, the Council recycles 31.5% of its waste, meaning over 50% of waste is not recycled. Every year £300,000 of taxpayers money is spent disposing of contaminated materials that could have been recycled. We need to do better; recycling saves energy, costs less to deal with and frees up space in your refuse bin.

When will the new items be collected?

On your normal weekly recycling collection day. 

Check your bin collection day

If you live in a flat with communal bins, please take your items to your nearest recycling bank.

What counts as a small electrical item?

Small electricals should be less than 52cm x 51cm in size, including small toasters, kettles, hairdryers, irons, shavers, phones, electric toothbrushes, games consoles, electrical and electronic tools; toys, leisure and sports.

Your small electricals should be placed inside a regular plastic or carrier bag and left on top of your bin on your collection day.

What clothing will you collect?

Clothing should be in good condition to be suitable for reuse. We will pick up pairs of shoes, tops, shirts, trousers, jeans, skirts, tights, socks, hats, scarves, gloves, jumpers, hoodies and more. Your items of clothing should be placed inside a regular plastic or carrier bag and left on top of your bin on your collection day.

What batteries will you collect?

Small household batteries including button batteries and batteries from mobile phones and laptops. Your batteries should be placed inside a regular plastic or carrier bag and left on top of your bin on your collection day.