Waste changes

In spring 2021 we are introducing changes to waste collections that will see them change from once a week to once every two weeks at some households in Hackney. This will help increase the amount we recycle and reduce the amount of waste sent for incineration.

Recycling and food waste collections will remain every week to encourage people to recycle as much as possible.

As part of the changes, we will give households a wheeled bin, which you would use for non-recyclable rubbish. After the changes are introduced, we will only collect non-recyclable rubbish if it is contained within this bin. This will encourage people to waste less and recycle more and will reduce litter and vermin.

Which properties are affected by the changes?

Only street level properties – generally houses, or houses that have been converted into flats, that currently have green sack recycling services – will see collections change to fortnightly.

Other households, including flats above shops or properties with communal bins, typically including estates and new build blocks will not see any changes to waste collections.

All properties will keep weekly food waste and recycling collections.


We will be providing 180 litre wheeled bins (the size of two standard round bins) to street level properties in the borough, which will be collected every two weeks. The bins provide more than enough space for two weeks worth of waste for an average household.

Larger households will be able to apply for additional bin space. This could be a larger wheeled bin or an additional wheeled bin.

Why are you doing this?

Fortnightly waste collections will help us all recycle more and send less waste to be incinerated, reducing our impact on the planet. In the 15 London boroughs that have switched to fortnightly waste already, recycling rates have increased. If these increases were replicated in Hackney, around 4,500 tonnes of waste – the equivalent of the waste contained in 450 bin lorries – would be recycled instead of incinerated every year.

Fortnightly waste collections, with continued weekly recycling and food waste collections, also have further benefits. If used correctly, the new wheelie bins and increased rates of food recycling will help to improve hygiene and reduce smells.

What do I have to do now?

Collections will change in spring 2021 so you don’t have to do anything yet. You will receive information in the post about exactly when your collections will change closer to the time, and doorknocking teams will be visiting areas to make sure residents have everything they need to help them recycle more.

If you don’t already recycle, or want to recycle more, it might help to familiarise yourself with what items you can put in your green recycling sacks or food waste bins. You can start by simply choosing a few items that you want to recycle, such as drinks cans or plastic bottles, and then move on to choose a few items to place in your food waste bin, such as plate scraps, fruit and veg peelings and teabags. Recycling food waste also helps to keep your bins cleaner and stop them from smelling.


Page updated on: 26 November 2020

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