Which bin to use and what to recycle
You have different bins for different items.
What your bins look like depends on whether or not you live in a block of flats. Please see below images of how each bin looks.
- Download our Recycling and waste guide for communal bins (PDF, 3MB)
- Download our Recycling and waste guide for non-communal bins (PDF, 4MB)
Food waste bin
In your food waste bin you can put:
- fruit and vegetables
- meat, fish and bones
- tea bags and coffee grounds
- bread, pasta and rice
- eggs and dairy products
- leftover food
General waste bin
In your general waste bin you can put:
- crisp packets
- sanitary products
- broken glass - carefully wrapped
- dog poo and cat litter
- nappies - non-reusable
Garden waste bin
In your garden waste bin, if you have one, you can put:
- grass cuttings and hedge clippings
- flowers and small branches
- leaves and prunings
In your recycling bin you can put:
- paper and cardboard
- glass bottles and jars
- food tins, drink cans and aerosols
- plastic bottles
- food and drink cartons (tetrapacks)
- plastic food trays and containers such a yoghurt pots
If you are not sure exactly what can be recycled, check the A-Z on the North London Waste Authority website:
For large, household items such as an old sofa or mattress, you can request a bulky collection.
Some items you will need to take to the reuse and recycling centre.
You have different bins for each kind of waste.
General waste bin:
Food waste bins - the black caddy is for your kitchen. Empty your black caddy straight into your green food waste bin:
You may also have a garden waste bin:
General waste bin:
Food waste bins - the black caddy (or sometimes brown caddy) is for your kitchen. Empty your black caddy straight into the food waste bin:
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