Recycling service trial

Recyclable waste service trial

The Mayor has pledged to “improve recycling rates and street cleaning to improve our environment”. As part of this commitment, we want to reduce the amount of rubbish we produce and help you to recycle more of your waste through weekly recycling collections and by being able to recycle more items.

The more we recycle the lesser our impact on the environment. Up to 95% less energy is used to make products from recycled materials than using raw materials; recycling one drinks can could save enough energy to power a TV for four hours.

Between September 2020 and December 2020 Newham’s Waste and Recycling team delivered a trial in selected areas across the borough to review the impact of changes to the recycling service and using the feedback to plan a borough-wide introduction of the service. 

As part of this service trial, residents who took part could add additional items such as glass bottles and jars, plastic tubs, pots, trays, aerosols and foil paper to their recyclable waste, which was collected weekly.

Frequently asked questions

How did the Councils pick the areas involved in the trial?
We selected the streets involved to represent different areas in the borough. Your participation and feedback will help us to plan a borough-wide introduction of the service.

What happens after the trial? 
The trial ends for all residents on 11th Jan but you can still recycle the additional items. If you were on the sack trial please return to using your recycling bin for fortnightly collections, if you have sacks left over you can use them for any extra recycling. You can continue to recycle the same items as you did during the trial until further notice.

We are reviewing data and feedback from the trial and will put a proposal together on a future weekly recycling service.

What happens to my recycling?
Your recycling is taken to a Material Recycling Facility (MRF) where it is sorted by technology and people. All MRFs run slightly differently but the video below gives you an idea of the process.