London Borough of Croydon

Many estates and blocks of flats have recycling facilities installed and they can often be found in the bin sheds or close to them. Alternatively there may be a neighbourhood recycling site nearby.

Items that can be put in the communal recycling bins:

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)
  • cartons (such as Tetra Pak)
  • any paper or card containing foil or metal
  • plastic-coated cardboard
  • polystyrene
  • soiled pizza boxes (and other soiled food containers)


Mixed glass
  • all glass bottles and all glass jars; rinse first

  Any other glass items including:

  • drinking glasses
  • mirrors
  • pyrex
  • sheet (window) glass
Tins and cans
  • aerosol cans - empty and with no lids
  • aluminium foil
  • drink cans (rinse first)
  • food cans (rinse first)

  any other metal items

  • 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


Take your old clothes and pairs of shoes that you’re throwing out to your local household reuse and recycling centres.


Recycling - household collections