What not to recycle

What not to recycle

Recycling is good for the environment, but there are some items that we don't collect. This is because:

  • the sorting plant that we use isn't set up to deal with certain materials
  • reprocessing facilities to turn old materials into new ones do not exist locally

Our clear bag and mixed bank recycling services currently cannot collect:

  • food waste
  • garden waste
  • clothes, shoes or textiles
  • other plastics including carrier bags, polystyrene or cling film
  • wood and building or DIY materials
  • foil or metals (other than cans)
  • shredded paper
  • nappies including used nappies
  • broken glass or Pyrex glass
  • light bulbs
  • batteries
  • aerosol cans

If you put any of these materials into your recycling bag or mixed recycling bank it could contaminate the load. This means it will be treated as rubbish - what a waste!

Read about recycling at home.

Where can I recycle items the Council doesn't collect?

There are other ways to recycle for some of the items that we don't collect.

  • Food waste can be composted. Find out about home composting and our food waste collection service.
  • Garden waste can be collected through our garden waste service. Call Streetline on 0207 361 3001 for more information.
  • Clothes are always gratefully received at charity shops. You can also leave them at clothes and textile recycling banks at mini recycling centres.
  • Wood and building materials you can give away through Freecycle. You could also use the Council’s Too Big For The Bin service.
  • Polystyrene can be donated to local artists or community groups for art projects
  • Lightbulbs and batteries can be recycled in special containers throughout the borough. Read our A-Z of recycling.

Find out more about recycling.