Break and fold any large boxes and leave them next to your green sacks.
Plastic pots and trays
ice cream tubs
ready meal trays
Remove any film lids and absorbent pads in the bottom of trays and put these in your general rubbish.
Rinse clean all traces of food before placing in your green sack.
shampoo and detergent bottles
Remove plastic tops on cartons before placing into your green sack.
Rinse clean and remove any plastic tops from bottles and cartons before placing into your green sack
For hazardous chemicals, please check the bottle for disposal instructions.
Tins and cans
steel and aluminium including aerosols
Make sure aerosols are empty but please don’t squash or pierce them.
Rinse all food residues from tins and cans before placing into your green sack.
Including: kitchen foil and foil trays. Please rinse them clean.
Glass bottles and jars
Including: glass bottles and jars including non-food bottles (eg perfume, aftershave, face creams).
All coloured glass accepted. Please remove and rinse lids.
No broken glass. Wrap and tape up the broken glass or sharp item as much as possible. Then place them in your general waste.
Leave a note on your waste bag or bin. The note needs to inform the bin crew that the sack contains broken glass or sharp items. This method of disposal is the safest way in which our crews can collect the item(s). It has minimal risk of them cutting their hands.
What can’t you recycle?
These items go in your rubbish bin
tampons and other sanitary items
make up pads
toothpaste tubes (although pump action tubes are accepted)
medicine packaging such as foil or plastic blister packs
hard plastic containers eg lunchboxes
film from ready-meals
laminated pouches eg cat food
metallic wrapping paper
paper or card that’s stained or dirty with food, grease, paint etc
glittery greeting cards or glittery wrapping paper
general kitchenware such as cutlery, pots and pans, drinking glasses, and ceramics
disposable plastic plates, cups and cutlery
black bags – if you put your recycling in black bags it won’t be recycled
The quality of plastic in carrier bags is poor compared to pots and tubs.
The best thing to do with carrier bags is to reuse them as much as possible in the first instance. Try to use reusable bags instead.
Most waste is recyclable. 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 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.
Do not put your recycling in black bags – it will be incinerated.
Foxes and rats
Rinse out all food and drink containers. Lock all food waste in a food waste bin – that way there won’t be anything to attract rats or foxes.
You can use as many green sacks as you like and you don’t need to separate materials.
Green sacks are not provided to residents who use the orange communal recycling bins.
Instead, you can order an orange reusable bag to store and transport recycling to the communal recycling 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.
Break down any large cardboard boxes and put them in the recycling bin.
Polystyrene is not recyclable – please put it your rubbish.
Why your communal recycling bins are locked
Communal recycling bins are locked to stop bags of non-recyclable waste being put into the recycling bins. It contaminates the recycling.
Use the opening at the front of the bin.
What happens if you put rubbish or food waste in your recycling sack or communal recycling bin?
Avoid putting non-recyclable items or food waste in your green sack or communal recycling bin. It could result in us disposing of all your recycling as waste.
This is because the sack or bin contains items that can’t be recycled or the quality of the recycling has been spoiled ie by food waste. Therefore it will not be accepted at the materials recovery facility (MRF).
This is an added cost to the Council and a loss of valuable recycling material.
How do I report a problem with the communal bins?
To report a problem with the communal bins email email@example.com or call 02083566688.
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). It’s 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.