Recycling

You can follow the link above or the complete list is below, as published by the LBS in March 2017. So "we" or "us" means the council.

 

Note the new arrangements for recycling, its an uphill learning curve!

 

Only your waste food box will be emptied each week, all others on a two weekly cycle. You should have received a calendar showing when each will be emptied. The leaflets supplied point out that your bins must be "out" by 6am on the morning of collection.

 

Aerosols - can be recycled in your green recycling box, whether they are empty or not.

Asbestos - is hazardous waste, you'll need to contact the City of London Hazardous waste service. It must be handled with extreme care and disposed of at special landfill sites.

Aluminium cans and foil - can be recycled in your green recycling box (but please rinse beforehand).

Animal Bedding - we can't recycle animal bedding, put in your brown bin.

Antifreeze - you'll need to contact the City of London Hazardous waste service.

Batteries - household batteries will be collected every week  if you place them in a tied carrier or clear bag next to the recycling bag/box. You can also recycle them in some supermarkets. You can also recycle household batteries and car batteries at the Reuse and Recycling Centre (RRC).

Body Shop items - can be returned to the shop for recycling.

Books - you can take these to a local charity shop. If they're in bad condition you can put them in your green recycling bin. Otherwise take them to the RRC.

Bottles and jars (including plastic cleaning product bottles) - you can put plastic and glass bottles and jars (and their lids) in your green recycling box. Help us by putting plastic lids back on flattened plastic bottles. You don't have to remove the labels - just remember to rinse out before recycling.

Bicycles - take these to the RRC.

Bubble wrap - if you cannot re-use it, put it in with your non-recyclable rubbish in the brown bin .

Cans - put these in your green recycling box. Just rinse out. No need to squash.

Car batteries - take these to the RRC.

Cardboard - you can recycle all cardboard, including cereal boxes and egg boxes. Squash the cardboard flat then put it in your green recycling bin, or leave it flat-packed beside the bin for collection.

Carpets - recycle these at the RRC.

Carrier bags (plastic) - some supermarkets have carrier bag recycling bins, or you can save yours to use another day. Otherwise they need to go in your brown bin.

Cartons - put these in your green recycling box (they'll be made into items like football shirts, pens, coffee cups, etc).

Catalogues - put these in your green recycling bin.

Chemicals - this is hazardous waste, you'll need to contact the City of London Hazardous waste service.

China plates, ornaments and crockery - you can donate these to charity shops. One or two broken items can go in the brown rubbish bin, large amounts of broken crockery should go to the RRC.

Christmas trees - you can recycle your tree at the RRC or check on the website for our kerbside collection.

Cling film - we can't recycle cling film. This should be put in your brown rubbish bin.

Coat hangers - these need to go in your brown rubbish bin. Dry cleaning hangers - try returning them to the dry cleaners.

Coffee grounds - Compost at home or put in your brown wheeled bin.

Coffee cups (disposable) - we can't recycle the cup itself but the plastic lid and the card sleeve can be recycled in your recycling bin.

Compact Discs (CDs) - can be donated to charity shops or recycled at the RRC.

Composting - Home composting is easy and more environmentally friendly than putting it out for a garden waste collection service. For more information on home composting, go to recyclenow or gardenorganic. Don't put cooked food, meat or fish waste in your home composter.

Cooking oil and fat - you should never pour cooking fat down the drain as it causes blockages. Put cooking oil and fat in your rubbish bin within a sealed in container or mopped up by newspapers. You can also take it to the RRC.

Corks - can be finely sliced and put in your home composter. Plastic corks can't be recycled so put them in your brown rubbish bin.

Cycles - take these to the RRC

Duvets and pillows - if still in good condition you may be able to take them to a charity shop, otherwise take them to the RRC. Sorry but we cannot take them in the textiles collection.

DVDs and videos - take these to a charity shop or the RRC.

Egg boxes - put cardboard egg boxes in your compost bin or in your recycling bin. Plastic egg boxes can be recycled in your green recycling box.
Egg shells - can be put in your home composter.
Electrical goods and cables (eg computers, phones, toasters) - you can take electrical items and cables to the RRC. If taking a computer, you must make own arrangements for destroying any confidential information on hard discs as we cannot do this. Alternatively you could find a company like UK IT Recycling Ltd.
Envelopes - you don't need to remove the plastic window - just put these in your recycling bin.
Engine oil containers - you can recycle metal containers at the RRC, plastic containers should be put in the brown rubbish bin.
Fabrics - will be collected every week when placed in an tied carrier or clear bag next to the recycling bin/box. You can also take these to a charity shop or the RRC.
Flowers (cut) - put these in your brown rubbish bin. If you've subscribed to the garden waste service they can go in your garden waste bin. They should not be placed in the food waste container.
Foil - you can recycle foil - put it in your recycling box.
Food waste - you can recycle cooked and uncooked food, meat and dairy, vegetable and fruit peelings, and leftovers through our food waste collection service. Compostable food waste like peelings can also be home composted.
Freezers and fridges - you can take these to the RRC, or you can arrange a bulky waste collection with us.
Furniture - if in good condition, you can contact a charity shop for collection. Otherwise you could contact us for a bulky waste collection or take it to the RRC.
Gas cylinders and canister - you need to return these to the retailer. If this is not possible you can take them to the RRC.
Glass bottles, jars and food containers - put these in your recycling box (but please wash them beforehand).
Glass: tableware, pyrex, mirrors and window glass - you can't put this in your recycling bin. The glass contains different materials from glass bottles and cannot be recycled into new bottles. If it fits in your rubbish bin, wrap it up and put it in the bin. Otherwise, take it to the RRC.
Grass cuttings - you can compost these yourself or subscribe to our garden waste collection service. Otherwise take them to the RRC.
Greaseproof paper - this should go in your brown rubbish bin.

Leaves - you can home compost your leaves or subscribe to our garden waste collection service and we'll collect them. Otherwise you can take them to the RRC.
Light bulbs - tungsten light bulbs can't be recycled so put them in your rubbish bin. Fluorescent energy saving bulbs (if intact) can be taken to the RRC. If you break an energy saving bulb, be careful. Be very careful as they contain mercury (in a gaseous form)  
Margarine tubs - put these in your recycling box.
Mattresses - you'll need to arrange for this to be collected. You can arrange for a bulky waste collection with us. Otherwise you can take it to the RRC.
Medicine - you can return medicine to your local chemist.
Metal - you can recycle cans in your recycling box, but scrap metal needs to go to the RRC.
Mobile phones - take these to the RRC. Although, most phone providers will take these back in store for recycling.
Nappies - disposable nappies need to go in your brown rubbish bin. You may want to think about using reusable cloth nappies instead.
Newspapers - put them in your green wheeled bin for collection.
Oil - you can recycle engine oil at the RRC. Don't put engine and cooking oil down the drain.
Paint - you can recycle empty metal pots at the RRC. You can put left over water based paint in your rubbish bin - open the lid and leave it to harden, then reseal and bin. If you have oil based paint, it is hazardous waste, you'll need to contact the City of London Hazardous waste service.
Paper - magazines, catalogues, junk mail, letters, envelopes, birthday cards, Christmas cards, office paper, wrapping paper can all be recycled so please put it all in your recycling bin. Shredded paper should not be put into the green bin as it can clog the machines we use to recycle. Please put your shredded paper in a compost bin or the brown bin. Be careful with plasticised or metallic paper as this can't be recycled.
Petrol - you'll need to contact the City of London Hazardous waste service.
Photographs - please put them in with your rubbish.
Plastic containers and bottles - you can recycle most of these - check for the recycling logo. We can't recycle plastic carrier bags.
Plastic plant pots and seed trays - you can take plant pots to Woodcote Green Garden Centre and Nurseries. Otherwise, put them in your brown rubbish bin.
Polystyrene packaging - we can't recycle this so you'll need to put it in with your rubbish.
Postage stamps - put them in your green recycling bin.
Pots and pans - you can recycle these at the RRC or take them to a charity shop.

Razor blades - wrap well and put in your rubbish bin.
Rubble - you can take small quantities of soil and rubble to the RRC.

Shredded paper - should not be put into the green bin as it can clog the machines we use to recycle. Please put your shredded paper in a compost bin or the brown bin.
Spectacles - you can take these to the RRC or find a charity that will reuse them such as vision aid.
Takeaway food containers - you can recycle plastic and aluminium containers, just rinse and put in your green recycling box.
Textile and shoe recycling - will be collected every week when placed in an tied carrier or clear bag next to the recycling bin/box. You can also take these to a charity shop or the RRC.

Timber and wood - you can take this to the RRC.
Tins - for biscuits and sweets - just put them in your green recycling box.
Toys - you can donate these to charity shops. One or two small broken items can go in the brown rubbish bin, large toys should go to the RRC.
Tyres - you can take up to four car tyres to the RRC. Tyres are crumbed and used for a variety of products including playground surfaces. (Commercial companies must make an arrangement with an accredited tyre recycler for the disposal of tyres arising from their business.)
Wallpaper and coverings - we can only recycle non-vinyl wallpaper or wall coverings without a bactericide coating.
Yogurt pots - put these in your recycling box.

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