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
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.
- clean and dry card, cardboard, unshredded
paper, newspaper, magazines, junk mail, telephone directories and
- 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
- 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
- no food waste
- no garden waste
- no clothes, shoes or textiles
- no other plastics including carrier bags, polystyrene or
- 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
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)
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)
Office, Stable Yard, Holland Park, W8 (open daily 8am
- 8pm during the summer, 8am - 4.30pm during the winter)
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.
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.