Your recycling

Your recycling service

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What can you recycle?

What can’t you recycle?

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Most waste is recyclable, so if you use your green bags properly you’re likely to have very little waste 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 bags during the week. If you do this please ensure green bags are taken out of the bin in time on the morning of your collection.

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

What can you recycle elsewhere?

If you live in a house or flat

Place your sack for collection at the inside edge of your property, not on the pavement, by 6am on your collection day.

If you live on a high street

If you live on a high street, you might have to put your recycling out during set timebands.

If you live on an estate or in a block (and use communal bins)

Please put all your waste and recycling inside the bins. Don’t dump anything next to the bins or anywhere else on your estate or street.

Dumped waste is dangerous, against the law, attracts rats and ruins the area for everyone.

Report a problem with communal bins

We can provide reusable recycling bags to help you recycle:

  • place the bag inside your kitchen to collect your recyclable materials
  • when full, take your bag to your recycling bins to empty
  • return your reusable bag to your kitchen to begin collecting again

We won’t collect recycling from your door – if you leave reusable bags outside your front door, they could be removed but not returned.

You can put recycling in plastic carrier bags and put these in the recycling bins.

Please break down any large cardboard boxes and put them in the recycling bin.

Polystyrene is not recyclable – please put it your rubbish.

What happens to your recycling

The Council is responsible for the collection of recycling. It is a constituent borough of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), which is responsible for the disposal of household and commercial residual waste and recycling.

The arrangements for the sorting and processing of recyclable waste collected in Hackney are managed by NLWA. Mixed recyclable waste from Hackney is sent to a recycling facility in Edmonton. As much recyclable material as possible, and in particular recyclable plastic, is supplied to manufacturers predominantly in the UK.

However, there are manufacturers across the world who can use recyclable material so these opportunities are driven by global markets.

Page updated on: 31 March 2021

Hackney Recycling


Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


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