Let's be clear about recyclingLet's be clear about recycling

Recycling bags are now clear in a bid to tackle bad recycling and reduce contamination costs.

The change, from orange to clear recycling bags, is to help residents to recycle responsibly and prevent people from putting the wrong items out for recycling. This includes items such as food, dirty packaging, plastic wrappers, shredded paper, polystyrene, tissues and textiles. Clear bags will encourage people to recycle correctly and allow the Council’s recycling collectors to spot incorrect items  in the sacks.

Clear recycling bags are delivered every three months to all residents receiving collections from a private storage area or the kerbside. Residents can still continue to use orange recycling bags until they run out.


There are many reasons to recycle - it stops our refuse going to landfill, and saves energy and resources. Read more about how and what to recycle, and do your bit to help to save the planet.

How to recycle

We aim to make recycling as easy and as convenient as possible for all residents. There are two schemes in place for the collection of recyclable materials: 

  • Clear bag recycling for residents living in street level properties
  • Mixed bank recycling for residents living in mansion blocks, flats and estates

If you are unsure which recycling service you receive please call Streetline on 020 7361 3001.

Yes please!

  • clean and dry paper (not shredded), newspapers, magazines, junk mail, telephone directories, envelopes
  • clean and dry cardboard
  • clean and empty glass bottles and jars (no lids)
  • clean and empty tins, cans and aerosols (please rinse)
  • clean and empty plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays (no lids)
  • clean and empty food and drink cartons (please rinse and flatten) including Tetra Pak type food and drink cartons.

We only want these clean and dry items in your recycling bag. Rinse any item that has contained food or drink and flatten cardboard, cartons and plastic bottles. Please do not recycle lids.

No thanks

  • no food waste
  • no garden waste
  • no clothes, shoes or textiles
  • no other plastics including carrier bags, polystyrene or cling film
  • no wood and building or DIY materials
  • no foil or metals (other than cans)
  • no shredded paper
  • no nappies including used nappies
  • no bottles tops or jar lids
  • no broken glass or Pyrex glass
  • no light bulbs
  • no batteries

If in doubt, leave it out!

Placing other items in your recycling bag or bank will contaminate the recycling and it will be sent for incineration. Ensure all items are empty and clean and do not put recycling in black bags as it will be incinerated with your normal rubbish.


Win a recycling goody bag

Do you know what materials can be recycled in your clear recycling bag or recycling bank? Take the Western Riverside Waste Authority quiz and see how many questions you get right and be in with the chance of winning a goody bag packed with recycling goodies. Enter the summer quiz here.

Read more about What not to recycle or check Western Riverside Waste Authorities non recyclables website. 

Get tips on how to make the most of your recycling bags here.

Download and print a copy of the recycling poster [PDF] (file size 110Kb) which highlights what can and can't be recycled.


Garden waste collection

Garden waste is collected every fortnight, all year round. All garden waste collected by the Council is sent for composting. If you would like to have your garden waste collected you must register for the service by telephoning Streetline on 020 7361 3001.

Kensington and Chelsea does not operate a collection for food waste or provide subsidised composters or wormeries, although the recycling team can provide help and advice to any resident on these matters. See the Garden waste page for further information.

Mini recycling centres

There are 17 mini recycling centres located around the borough, each having up to five mixed recycling banks on site.  You can recycle the same items as listed above. In addition, most mini recycling centres offer separate facilities to recycle textiles, shoes, and books.  See the mini recycling centres page.

Recycling at school

The Royal Borough aims to have recycling available to all schools in the borough. We offer a comprehensive range of services to schools to encourage recycling. To find out more about please telephone Streetline on 020 7361 3001 and ask to speak to the Recycling team.

Recycling and refuse amenity sites (public tips)

Residents can take their unwanted household items, free of charge, to the following Recycling and Refuse Amenity Site situated in Wandsworth. Find out more at Amenity Skips and Rubbish Tips page.

Textile Recycling

We are working with Traid to make recycling textiles easier for residents. Read more...

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