A to Z of rubbish and recycling

L to P

Lawn Mowers - Please ensure that all Lawn Mowers and household garden machinery are completely emptied of any oil and fuel prior to taking it to the Reuse and Recycle Centre.

Leaves - you can home compost your leaves or subscribe to our garden waste collection service and we'll collect them. Otherwise you can take them to the Reuse and Recycle Centre.

Light bulbs - tungsten light bulbs can't be recycled so put them in your rubbish bin. Fluorescent energy saving bulbs (if intact) can be taken to the Reuse and Recycle Centre. If you break an energy saving bulb, be careful. Government advice for handling damaged bulbs is:

"Though the accidental breakage of a lamp is most unlikely to cause any health problems, it is good practice to minimise any unnecessary exposure to mercury, as well as the risk of cuts from glass fragments. if a lamp is broken vacate the room and ventilate it for at least 15 minutes. Do not use a vacuum cleaner, but clean up using rubber gloves and aim to avoid creating and inhaling airborne dust. Sweep up all particles and glass fragments and place in a plastic bag. Wipe the area with a damp cloth, then add that to the bag and seal it."

Margarine tubs - put these in your recycling box.

Mattresses - you'll need to arrange for this to be collected. You can arrange for a bulky waste collection with us. Otherwise you can take it to the Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Medicine - you can return medicine to your local chemist.

Metal - you can recycle cans in your recycling box, but scrap metal needs to go to the Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Mobile phones - take these to the Reuse and Recycling Centre. Although, most phone providers will take these back in store for recycling.

Nappies - disposable nappies need to go in your brown rubbish bin. You may want to think about using reusable cloth nappies instead.

Newspapers - put them in your green wheeled bin for collection.

Oil - you can recycle engine oil at the Reuse and Recycling Centre. Don't put engine and cooking oil down the drain.

Paint - you can recycle empty metal pots at the Reuse and Recycling Centre. You can put left over water based paint in your rubbish bin - open the lid and leave it to harden, then reseal and bin. If you have oil based paint, it is hazardous waste, you'll need to contact the City of London Hazardous waste service.

Paper - magazines, catalogues, junk mail, letters, envelopes, birthday cards, Christmas cards, office paper, wrapping paper can all be recycled so please put it all in your recycling bin. Shredded paper clogs up the machinery at the recycling plant.
You can put shredded paper in your green wheelie bin for recycling, but only if you place it inside a paper envelope first. Alternatively, you can compost shredded paper at home.
Be careful with plasticised or metallic paper as this can't be recycled.

Petrol - you'll need to contact the City of London Hazardous waste service.

Photographs - please put them in with your rubbish.

Plastic containers and bottles - you can recycle most of these - check for the recycling logo. We can't recycle plastic carrier bags. 
We can't recycle plastic carrier bags or black plastic.

Plastic plant pots and seed trays - Please put them in your brown rubbish bin.

Polystyrene packaging - we can't recycle this so you'll need to put it in with your rubbish.

Postage stamps - put them in your green recycling bin.

Pots and pans - you can recycle these at the Reuse and Recycling Centre or take them to a charity shop.