Public recycling banks

There are over 70 public recycling banks and bins in Hackney. They are available for use by all residents, and are emptied weekly. They must not be used for commercial or business waste.

There are public banks for clothes and textiles, small electrical items (28cm by 23cm or smaller), low energy light bulbs, books, CDs and DVDs. You can recycle batteries at every Hackney library.

The map on this page shows the locations of all the Council’s public recycling banks and bins.


Recycling bins

At these sites, you can recycle mixed glass (bottles & jars), cartons, mixed paper and card, plastic packaging (bottles, pots and tubs), food tins and drinks cans. Please make sure they are clean and free from food and liquids.

Textiles and clothes recycling banks

At these sites, you can recycle your old clothes, linen, paired shoes and accessories. We cannot accept duvets, pillows or cushions in these banks. You can also request a free home collection from TRAID. For more information visit TRAID – book a free collection.

Small electrical and electronic equipment recycling banks

At these sites, you can recycle any item that is powered by a plug or batteries, including cables and leads. However, the maximum item size we can accept is 28cm by 23cm. Anything larger can be recycled at a reuse and recycling centre or by booking a bulky waste collection.

For more information on how and where to recycle your electricals see recycle your electricals.

Low energy light bulb recycling banks

At these sites, you can recycle modern, low energy or LED light bulbs. We do not accept fluorescent tube style light fittings at these sites.

Battery recycling bins

Battery recycling bins can be found inside all of Hackney’s public libraries.

Books, CDs and DVDs

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) banks located within Hackney are temporarily closed for donations due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting BHF operations. We do not know when these are likely to open.
If you have books, CDs and DVDs to donate, please take them to a charity shop or donate them to friends, family or schools. Alternatively, you could donate them using websites such as Freecycle.

Report a problem with a recycling bank

To report a problem with a recycling bank email or call 02082566688.


Order recycling bins, bags etc

Page updated on: 13 October 2022

Hackney Recycling


Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


Opening times

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 9am to 5pm (telephone)
  • Wednesday – 9am to 4pm (telephone)