London Borough of Croydon

We have a new timetable for waste & recycling collections in Croydon, so the day for your collection may have changed. Check your recycling collection date

Please ensure you are recycling as much as possible and use the correct boxes or bins for your recycling waste.

If you live on an estate, in a flat or block you may have a recycling bin or bank in your communal waste area.  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.

Blue recycling box

Material Yes please No thanks
Paper and card
  • Birthday and Christmas cards
  • Card and cardboard
  • Cardboard boxes (flattened)
  • Cardboard food packaging (e.g. 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 (please place in a paper bag or an old envelope)
  • Wrapping paper (no foil)
  • Any paper/card containing foil or metal
  • Plastic-coated cardboard, polystyrene
  • Soiled pizza boxes (and other food soiled boxes)
  • Cartons (such as Tetrapak) - these can be placed in your green box


Green 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
  • Juice, soup, sauce and milk cartons. Please rinse first.
Mixed glass
  • All glass bottles and all glass jars. Please 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
  • 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.
  • No plastic bags, packaging of any sort, liquids, oil or liquid fat
  • Nappies
  • Pet litter / bedding.


These need to be placed in a separate bag on top of the box please

Material Yes please No thanks
Textiles and shoes
  • Clothes and linens
  • Shoes (tied in pairs) - dry and clean, please.
  • Duvets, pillows and cushions.

What happens if I have more recycling than I can fit in my recycling boxes?

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, order an additional box online. To do this you will need to create an online account and complete the relevant information.


Recycling - household collections