Houses - waste collection service

Recycling your paper and card

You should have a green wheelie bin to store your paper and card.

 
green wheelie bin

Paper and card is collected every two weeks (on alternate weeks to your plastics, glass, cans and cartons). Use our postcode checker to view a collection timetable for your property.

What can you put in your green wheelie bin?

Yes please:

  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Card and cardboard
  • Toilet and kitchen roll tubes
  • Egg boxes

No thanks:

  • Dirty cardboard (e.g. pizza boxes)
  • Shredded paper (see below)
  • Tissue paper
  • General rubbish

Visit our A to Z of Recycling for more details of what can and cannot be recycled.


Good to know:

  • Flatten your cardboard boxes before placing them in the wheelie bin
  • If your flattened cardboard won’t fit in, leave it next to the bin on your collection day and it will be collected
  • The lid of the wheelie bin will keep the paper and card clean and dry, making it more valuable when sold on for recycling.
  • 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.
  • If you put the wrong item in your green wheelie bin, we will let you know by attaching an advisory notice to it.  The offending item (or items) will usually be left behind for you to dispose of in other ways.
  • If you have difficulty using or moving the green wheelie bin, you may be eligible for an assisted collection.  Please call us on 020 8770 5000 to discuss your needs.