London Borough of Croydon

Make sure you are recycling as much as possible and use the correct bins or boxes for your recycling waste. Download and print off the guide of what you can and can’t recycle in Croydon.

Any items that cannot be recycled in the boxes or bins should be taken to the nearest household reuse and recycling centre or you can book a bulky waste collection.

Converted flats

Blue lidded wheelie bin or recycling box

Material

Yes please

No thanks

Paper and card

  • birthday and Christmas cards
  • card and cardboard
  • cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • cardboard food packaging (eg cereal and clean pizza boxes)
  • envelopes (including ones with windows)
  • junk mail (remove any plastic wrapping)
  • newspapers and magazines
  • paper - all sizes and colours
  • phonebooks - including Yellow Pages
  • shredded paper (place in a paper bag or an old envelope)
  • wrapping paper (no foil)
  • any paper or card containing foil or metal
  • plastic-coated cardboard, polystyrene
  • soiled pizza boxes (and other soiled food containers)
  • cartons (such as Tetrapak) - these can be placed in your green box

 

Recycling box

Remember to rinse all containers and remove the lids from plastic bottles and squash them so they take up less space.

Material

Yes please

No thanks

Cartons

  • juice, soup, sauce and milk cartons; rinse first.

 

Mixed glass

  • all glass bottles and all glass jars; rinse first

Any other glass items including:

  • drinking glasses
  • mirrors
  • sheet (window) glass

Tins and cans

  • drink cans
  • food tins
  • pet food tins
  • empty aerosol tins
  • foil trays
  • sweet tins
  • metal bottle tops
  • jar lids
  • any other metal items

Plastic

  • bottles and caps
  • food trays
  • fruit and vegetable punnets
  • margarine tubs, ice-cream tubs, and yoghurt pots
  • oven ready or microwaveable food trays
  • crisp bags
  • food film
  • plastic bags - please reuse them.
  • plastic food pouches
  • toothpaste tubes

Food waste container

Material

Yes please

No thanks

Kitchen waste including:

  • all cooked and uncooked food waste
  • bones, fat and gristle
  • bread, cakes and pastries
  • dairy products including eggs and shells
  • fruit, vegetables, salad and peelings
  • meat and fish
  • rice, pasta, beans and cereals
  • tea bags and coffee grounds
  • plastic bags
  • packaging of any sort
  • liquids
  • oil or liquid fat
  • nappies
  • pet litter
  • pet bedding


You can line your kitchen caddy with either:

  • an approved compostable food waste liner, available in most supermarkets, or
  • newspaper or kitchen roll.

Do not use plastic bags with your food waste collection as they do not break down quickly enough during the recycling process.

Textiles

These need to be placed in a tied plastic bag next to or on top of your recycling wheelie bins or boxes.

Material

Yes please

No thanks

Textiles and shoes

  • clothes and linens
  • shoes (tied in pairs) - dry and clean
  • duvets, pillows and cushions

Household batteries

These should be be placed in an untied plastic bag next to or on top of your recycling wheelie bins or boxes.

Flats above shops

Clear council branded bags

Material

Yes please

No thanks

Paper and card

  • birthday and Christmas cards
  • card and cardboard
  • cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • cardboard food packaging (eg cereal and clean pizza boxes)
  • envelopes (including ones with windows)
  • junk mail (please remove any plastic wrapping)
  • newspapers and magazines
  • paper - all sizes and colours
  • phonebooks - including Yellow Pages
  • shredded paper (place in a paper bag or an old envelope)
  • wrapping paper (no foil)
  • any paper or card containing foil or metal
  • plastic-coated cardboard
  • polystyrene
  • soiled pizza boxes (or other soiled food boxes)
  • cartons (such as Tetrapak) - these can be placed in your green box

 

Blue council branded bags

Remember to rinse all containers and remove the lids from plastic bottles and squash them so they take up less space.

Material

Yes please

No thanks

Cartons

  • juice, soup, sauce and milk cartons, rinse first.

 

Mixed glass

  • all glass bottles and all glass jars, rinse first.

Any other glass items including:

  • drinking glasses
  • mirrors
  • sheet (window) glass

Tins and cans

  • drink cans
  • food tins
  • pet food tins
  • empty aerosol tins
  • foil trays
  • sweet tins
  • metal bottle tops
  • jar lids
  • any other metal items

Plastic

  • bottles and caps
  • food trays
  • fruit and vegetable punnets
  • margarine tubs, ice-cream tubs, and yoghurt pots
  • oven ready or microwaveable food trays
  • crisp bags
  • food film
  • plastic bags - reuse them
  • plastic food pouches
  • toothpaste tubes

If you have more recycling than can fit in your recycling boxes or bags

Extra materials can be put out for recycling in separate plastic bags - not bin liners - either on top of or next to your box.

If you find that you are continuously putting out more recycling than you can fit in your box or bag, you can order more online. To do this you will need to create an online account and complete the relevant information.

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