Last updated: 26 February 2024

Next review: 26 February 2025

Use the index below to find out what we pick up as part of your household bin collection service, and how you can get rid of the things we don’t collect from the kerbside. If you don't find what you are looking for please complete a Waste Enquiry form

  • green recycling: should be placed 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: should be placed in your brown wheelie bin or communal food waste bin (food items only).
  • black bin: is not recyclable and should be placed 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.

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

A

  • Aerosol: green recycling
  • Aftershave bottles: green recycling bin
  • Aluminium cans and foil: green recycling
  • Aluminium foil: clean food trays and clean foil wrapping in the green recycling bin
  • Appliances: arrange a large item collection or take to a local waste and recycling centre
  • Asbestos: cement bonded asbestos can be accepted at Hornsey Street HWRC in Islington. Asbestos must be pre-booked before being dropped off at the site.

B

C

D

  • Dairy products: Solid dairy products can go in the food waste bin but nothing liquid, like milk.
  • Dead animals: report a dead animal
  • Delivery bags: please put them in your general waste, or take them to a collection point at the larger stores of most major supermarkets. Collection point locator
  • Detergent pouches: Please put them in your general waste, or take them to a collection point at the larger stores of most major supermarkets. Collection point locator
  • Diesel: arrange a hazardous waste collection
  • Disposable nappies: black bin
  • Disposable coffee cups: The inner lining of coffee cups is made from a mixture of paper and plastic and cannot be recycled at home. There are some coffee cup recycling schemes available in some coffee shops, or alternatively dispose in the in the black bin
  • Disposable plastic cups: When made from only one type of material can be recycled. Please empty, rinse them and remember to remove the plastic straw since these are not recyclable. 
  • DIY waste domestic only: please take to a local waste and recycling centre
  • ​Dog poo: black bin
  • Doors: arrange a large item collection or take to a local waste and recycling centre 
  • Drink cartons: green recycling
  • DVDs/CDs/videos: take to a local waste and recycling centre

E

F

G

  • Garden chemicals: arrange a hazardous waste collection
  • Garden waste: brown 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: green recycling
  • Glasses: Some opticians and charity shops will accept old glasses for repair and shipment to developing countries.
  • Gloves (rubber): black bin
  • Grass: brown food and garden waste

H

  • Hand sanitiser bottle: Empty and rinse well, labels can be left on, green recycle bin
  • Hardcore and rubble: take to a local waste and recycling centre
  • Hay: brown food and garden waste
  • Hedge trimmings: brown food and garden waste
  • Household batteries: placed inside a regular plastic or carrier bag left on top of your brown bin on your collection day. You can also take them to Waltham Forest libraries or to a local waste and recycling centre
  • Household chemicals: arrange a hazardous waste collection
  • Household plants: brown bin, plant only no soil

I

  • Irons: placed in a carrier bag on top of your green recycling bin
  • Incontinence pads: black bin, double bagged, to reduce spillage
  • Inhalers: should be taken to a pharmacy to be safely disposed of
  • Ink cartridges: take to a local waste and recycling centre
  • Irons: placed in a carrier bag on top of your green recycling bin

J

  • Japanese Knotweed: or any soil that has been near Japanese knotweed must not be placed in any of our bins. Please read advice from the Environment Agency on how to dispose of Japanese knotweed safely and legally
  • Jars: washed and empty, green recycling bin

K

L

  • Lateral flow tests: put all of the items from the test, and the plastic packaging into the small waste bag provided with the kit, and then put it in your black bin
  • Leaves: brown food and garden waste
  • Light bulbs: if they are energy saving take them to your local waste and recycling centre. If they are ordinary bulbs please dispose of them in the black bin
  • Lithium batteries: take  to your local waste and recycling centre

M

N

  • Nail varnish bottles: black bin
  • Nappies (disposable): black bin. To switch to reusable, washable cloth nappies visit Real Nappies for London and claim your free voucher worth £70
  • Nappies (eco/biodegradable): black bin. These cannot be composted in your brown bin. To switch to reusable, washable cloth nappies visit Real Nappies for London and claim your free voucher worth £70
  • Needles: arrange a clinical waste collection
  • Newspaper: green recycling bin

O

  • Oil: take to a local waste and recycling centre
  • Organic waste: Please make sure you do not add plastic bags, soil, turf, stones, rubble, plant pots, painted/treated wood, animal faeces, animal litter, food waste, logs over 30cm in diameter or 2m in length, or any invasive species such as Japanese Knotweed in the brown bin

P

R

S

T

U

V

  • Vacuum cleaner: if in good condition please take to a charity shop, arrange a large item collection or take to a local waste and recycling centre
  • Vapes: Vapes cannot go in your rubbish or recycling bin. Like anything with a battery, cable or plug, vapes can and should be recycled. This is the same for all single-use vapes, rechargeable vapes and those that are rechargeable with a single-use chamber. You can recycle vapes at any north London reuse and recycling centre or use a take back-scheme. Refer to this Vape Recycling Guide for further advice
  • Vegware: black bin or check with the individual company website for advice if the vegware can be composted at home
  • Videos/DVDs/CDs: local waste and recycling centre

W

Y

  • Yoghurt pots: Please just give them a quick rinse to make sure there is no food left inside. Remove film lids and any cardboard packaging but labels can be left on and place in the green recycling bin

More information

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.