Green sacks - mixed dry recycling

Order green sacks Report missed collection

Put your recycling in sacks, tie the tops and leave them outside your property at street level before 7am on your collection day. If you live on a high street, you might have to put your recycling out during set timebands.

You can use as many sacks as you like and you don't need to separate materials.

Enter your postcode to check your collection day:

What can I put in green sacks?

Paper and card

Paper and card

Includes: cardboard boxes, newspapers, magazines, envelopes (including plastic window), shredded paper, brochures and catalogues, corrugated cardboard (eg delivery boxes), brown paper bags, telephone directories, white computer paper including general letters, leaflets and flyers, gift wrap and food and drink cartons including Tetra Pak.

Please break and fold large boxes and leave them next to your green sacks.

Plastic pots and trays

Plastic pots and trays

Includes: margarine and ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, fruit punnets and ready meal trays.

Please remove any film lids and absorbent pads in the bottom of trays and put these in your general rubbish.

Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles

Includes: drink, shampoo and detergent bottles.

Please remove plastic tops on cartons and bottles before placing both into your green sack.

Tins and cans

Tins and cans

Includes: steel and aluminium including food and drink cans and aerosols. 

Please make sure aerosols are empty, but do not squash or pierce.



Includes: kitchen foil and foil trays. Please rinse clean.

Glass bottles and jars


Includes: glass bottles and jars including non-food bottles (eg perfume, aftershave, face creams).

All coloured glass accepted. No broken glass. Please remove and rinse lids before placing into your green sack.

What can't I recycle?

These items can't be recycled and must go in your rubbish bin:

  • nappies
  • tissues, tampons and other sanitary items
  • wet wipes, cotton wool, make up pads and paper towels
  • toothpaste tubes, medicine packaging such as plastic headache pills packets
  • plastic wrap, cling film and bubble wrap
  • crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • polystyrene
  • soft plastic / metallic packaging like pet food pouches
  • metallic wrapping paper
  • paper or card that is stained / dirty with food, grease, paint etc
  • glitter covered greeting cards or wrapping paper
  • wallpaper, mirrors and lightbulbs
  • plastic toys
  • general kitchen ware eg cutlery, pots and pans, drinking glasses, and ceramics 
  • black sacks (any recycling placed in black sacks will not be recycled)

Other items

  • please use your nearest public recycling bank for clothes, textiles and electrical appliances and low energy bulbs
  • we can't collect clothes or batteries in green sacks. There are battery recycling points at all Hackney libraries
  • plastic bottles containing chemicals that are highly poisonous or hazardous. Please check the bottle for disposal instructions
  • ink cartridges - please check with the shop where purchased 

Tips for using green sacks

As most waste is recyclable, if you use your green sacks properly you are likely to have hardly any rubbish left over.

Line your main kitchen bin with a green recycling sack. You can then take the green sack out on collection day. You could use a smaller bin for non recyclable waste, store it somewhere else in your home or put it straight into any outdoor containers/bins you may have.

Use an outdoor container for green sacks during the week. You may want to use a bin to store full green recycling sacks during the week. If you do this please ensure green sacks are taken out of the bin in time on the morning of your collection.

Wash and squash all recyclable materials so that they take up less space and do not encourage any foxes.

Change the way you think about recycling. If it is household waste it is likely to be recyclable apart from used sanitary items and plastic film.

Do green sacks encourage vermin?

No. There should not be any food in your green sacks, and all items should be rinsed out so there will be nothing to attract vermin. Food waste should be put in lockable food waste bins.

What happens to my recycling?

Recyclable material is sent to a sorting facility in Bow operated by Bywaters. It is sorted and sent onwards to be made into a variety of new products. The majority of this material is sent for recycling in the UK.

Page updated: 12/07/2019 11:20:30