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Rubbish and recycling for estates and blocks

Most household waste is recyclable and can be put in the mixed recycling bins. Please put all your waste and recycling inside the bins. Do not 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.

Order a reusable recycling bag

Report a problem with communal bins

Many estates also have a food waste recycling service.

What can I put in mixed recycling bins?

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, food and drink cartons including Tetra Paks. Please break and fold large boxes and leave them next to your green sacks or bins.

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

Includes: drink, shampoo and detergent bottles. Please remove plastic tops on cartons before placing into your green sack.

Please check the bottle for how to dispose of plastic bottles containing chemicals that are highly poisonous or hazardous.

Tins and cans

Includes: steel and aluminium including food and drink cans and aerosols. Make sure aerosols are empty but do not squash or pierce them.


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. colours. No broken glass. Rinse and remove lids.

Clothes and textiles

Please use your nearest public recycling bank for clothes and textiles.

Electrical appliances and low energy bulbs

Please use your nearest public recycling bank for electrical appliances and low energy bulbs.


There are battery recycling points at all Hackney libraries.

Ink cartridges

Please check with the shop where you bought the ink cartridges.


Please check the bottle for how to dispose of plastic bottles containing chemicals that are highly poisonous or hazardous.

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)

Reusable recycling bags

We provide reusable recycling bags to help you recycle:

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

Recycling will not be collected from your door. If you leave bags outside your front door, they may be removed but not returned.

Why are my recycling bin lids locked?

Communal recycling bins are locked to stop bags of non-recyclable waste being put into the recycling bins, which contaminates all the recycling material. Residents should use the aperture at the front of the lid to deposit their recycling into the recycling bin.

Where does my recycling go?

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 on: 4 June 2019

Hackney Recycling


Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


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  • Phone line: Mon to Fri: 8am - 5pm