Your waste and recycling is collected by Harlow Council. Your nearest recycling centre is Harlow recycling centre.


In Harlow your recycling is collected in a blue-lidded wheeled bin, or blue recycling box if the property is unsuitable for recycling. Put these in:

  • Squashed plastic bottles / detergent bottles
  • Bottle top lids (separated from bottles)
  • Plastic marked with a 1 or 2
  • Clean food tins and drink cans
  • Clean foil and empty aerosols
  • Newspapers and magazines

Leave these out:

  • Plastic bags and cups
  • Plastic film from ready meals or produce packaging
  • Flower pots / bedding trays
  • Polystyrene
  • Bubble wrap
  • Hard plastics (video or CD cases)
  • Food waste
  • Tetra Pak cartons

Garden waste

Harlow Council offers an option to pay for a green wheelie bin collection for garden waste, or a bagged collection. Put these in:

  • Grass cuttings
  • Hedge cuttings
  • Prunings
  • Leaves
  • Bark
  • Flowers
  • Weeds and branches

Bulky waste

Harlow Council offers a paid bulky waste collection service, removing large items from outside your home, like:

  • electrical things
  • washing machines
  • fridges and fridge freezers
  • ovens
  • microwaves
  • vacuum cleaners
  • computers.

Non-electrical items such as furniture and smaller household items which are not recycled by Harlow Council.

Non-recyclable household waste

Any items that can’t be recycled should be put in your black wheelie bin or purple bags. This waste is collected fortnightly. Leave these out:

  • Hardcore rubble
  • Cement
  • Builders waste
  • Soil
  • Turf
  • Asbestos
  • Plastics not marked #1 or #2
  • Cartons
  • Wallpaper
  • Nappies and incontinence waste can be put in non-recycling.

Food waste

Food waste is put in your food waste bin. Your food waste is collected every week. Put these in:

  • Fish
  • Tea and coffee grounds
  • Bread and pastries
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy
  • Meat and bones

Leave these out:

  • Plastic bags, including biodegradable ones
  • Glass, packaging and cans
  • Oyster shells
  • Pet food
  • Liquids
  • Garden waste

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