London Borough of Croydon

Waste and recycling collections have changed. Find out more about the new service and the switch over period between the old and the new service.

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

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 (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


Grey recycling bin or 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.

You can line your kitchen caddy with either:

  • An approved compostable food waste liner, available in most supermarkets, or
  • Newspaper or kitchen roll.

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


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

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

Household batteries

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


Recycling - household collections