Clear bag recycling

Recycling is clearer in Kensington and Chelsea with residents' recycling bags going clear in a bid to tackle bad recycling and reduce contamination costs.

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

If you live at street level your recycling and refuse will be collected from your doorstep or your refuse storage area.

Packs of 18 clear recycling bags are delivered every three months to all residents who put their recycling and refuse on their doorstep for collection.

For more information, see Clear bag delivery days [PDF] (file size 94Kb)

Just place your clear bag of recyclables outside, along with your black refuse bag on your scheduled day(s) of collection only.

Recycling and refuse are collected at the same time in Kensington and Chelsea, and recycling is placed in a separate compartment at the back of the lorry.

There is no need to separate recyclable materials – all recycling goes in the same clear bag.  Residents using the clear bag recycling service have their recycling (and refuse) collected twice a week.

Yes please!

  • clean and dry card, cardboard, unshredded paper, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, telephone directories and envelopes
  • clean and empty glass containers, glass bottles and jars (no lids)
  • clean and empty food and drink cartons including Tetra Pak type food and drink cartons (please rinse and flatten) 
  • clean and empty metal containers, tins, cans (please rinse) and empty aerosols
  • clean and empty plastic containers, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays (please rinse and no lids)

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

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.

If in doubt, leave it out!

Additional clear bags

Additional clear bags can be obtained free of charge from the following outlets:

Town Hall reception desk, Hornton Street, W8 (open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm)

Market Office, 72 Tavistock Road, W11 (open Monday to Thursday 8am - 1pm, Friday 7am - 1pm and 2pm - 3.30pm, Saturday 7am - 1pm and 2pm - 3.30pm)

Reception Office, Stable Yard, Holland Park, W8 (open daily 8am - 8pm during the summer, 8am - 4.30pm during the winter)

Chelsea Old Town Hall reception desk, King’s Road, SW3 (open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm)

Please note: In order to collect clear bags from the above outlets residents must present the voucher provided with their quarterly delivery. You do not need to provide any ID with the voucher.

Important: Recyclable material placed in a black bag will not be recycled. The collection crews cannot see through the bag to check whether or not it is uncontaminated and have therefore been instructed to treat all black bagged waste as non-recyclable.