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Recycling collections

Recycling helps to protect the environment, and saves money by reducing the costs of getting rid of waste.​​​​

Family recycling

Your recycling collection day

​Most recycling collections are every fortnight. We generally collect your recycling on the same day as your rubbish, but only every two weeks.
If you live on a street where most people use orange bags, we may still collect your recycling every week.
You can find out your recycling collection day using My Neighbourhood.


Missed recycling collections

If you put your rubbish out on time but we do not collect it, report it to us.

Before you report

Make sure you:
  • check your collection date - this may change after a bank holiday
  • wait until 10pm to report a missed collection even if we normally collect your recycling earlier in the day
  • report the missed collection within three working days.


What happens next

We aim to collect your rubbish within two working days.


What you can and can't recycle

It is really important that your recycling bin or bag is only used for the items that we can accept.

A small amount of food waste can ruin your recycling collection. Please rinse bottles and tins before putting them into your recycling collection.

You can use Recycleopedia to quickly look up household items and find out which bin to put them. Simply enter the item you want to throw away and your full Newham postcode and we will tell you what to do with it.

Or browse through our list of items that you can and can't put into your household recycling bin:

Yes please

  • Cardboard – please flatten or tear into smaller pieces
    • Card sleeves
    • Cardboard boxes (polystyrene removed)
    • Cereal boxes
    • Egg boxes
    • Greetings cards
  • Mixed paper
    • Brochures and leaflets
    • Junk mail and envelopes
    • Newspapers and magazines
    • Telephone directories
    • Other white household paper
  • Plastic bottles - empty, rinsed and squashed
    • Fizzy drink and water bottles
    • Plastic detergent and shampoo bottles
    • Plastic milk bottles
  • Tins and cans - empty and rinsed
    • Aluminium and steel cans
    • Drink cans and tins
    • Food tins and cans
    • Metal lids

No thanks

You can take some of these items to recycling banks across the borough. Find out more on the Recycle for London website.
  • Books - donate to your local charity shop
  • Cling film
  • Food
  • Glass bottles and jars - these items are mechanically extracted from your rubbish ​for recycling. View our video for more information​.
  • Hypodermic needles or other sharp objects – see Clinical waste page
  • Juice, soup, milk and similar waxed cartons such as Tetra Paks
  • Metals - take to Jenkins Lane Re-use and Recycling Centre
  • Nappies
  • Paint and paint tins
  • Plastic packaging
    • Margarine tubs
    • Plastic meat trays
    • Yoghurt pots and lids
  • Polystyrene

How to recycle other items

You can take a range of items to be recycled at the Jenkins Lane Re-use and Recycling Centre. The centre is open seven days a week, and is free for Newham residents to use (but you will need to show a Council Tax statement or driving licence to prove you live in Newham). For more information go to the Household re-use and recycling centre page.
For more information on recycling cartons, batteries, clothing and other materials, go to the recycling banks page.

Recycling for flats and estates

If you live in a block of flats or on a housing estate then you can recycle using large, shared recycling bins. These are painted green with orange lids, and you will find them close to where your rubbish bins are. 
You can put your recycling into the bins loose or tied up in carrier bags. Do not use black sacks as these cannot be recycled.
Often we will lock the lids of the recycling bins to stop people using them for rubbish. You can still put your recycling into the bins, using the flaps or openings on the lids. Do not leave any recycling on top of or next to the bins.

Flats above shops

If you live in a flat above a shop, you can recycle using our network of street recycling banks. You can recycle paper, tins, cans, plastic bottles and glass. To find your nearest recycling bank, use My Neighbourhood.

​Recycling for homes at street level

Bins with orange lids

If you live in a property at street level, you will probably have a recycling bin with an orange lid. You can put your recycling into the bin loose or use carrier bags. We will not deliver orange bags to your property.
Do not put black sacks into the bin as these cannot be recycled. 

Orange bags

If you do not have space for a recycling bin, then we will deliver orange bags for you to use. We deliver large rolls of bags twice a year. If you run out of orange bags call us on 020 8430 2000.

Where to put out your recycling

Store your recycling bin or bags within the boundary of your property, and put them out for collection by 6am on the collection day. If you use orange bags, please make sure you tie them up properly before you put them out next to your rubbish bin/bags for collection.

Re-usable furniture items

If you have furniture items you no longer need that you think could be used by someone else, you can bring them along to Jenkins Lane Re-use and Recycling Centre.

Staff at the centre will take a quick look at your items. If they are in a good enough condition they will direct you to a special container for re-usable items of furniture. Alternatively there are other furniture re-use services provided by in the borough – see the Re-usable items page for further details.

What happens to recycling

Recycling that we collect in orange-lid bins and orange bags is taken to a sorting facility at Jenkins Lane Re-use and Recycling Centre.
The different kinds of materials are separated from each other using specialist machines, magnets, sieves and some hand-sorting. The sorted materials are made into bales, and then sent off to be recycled into new products.
For more information, visit the Recycle For​ Your Community website​.
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