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Waste collection services update

All services are currently operating normally, although unusually high levels of waste have resulted in some collections being slightly delayed.

  • communal Services (refuse and recycling) are generally operating normally, but high volumes of waste have meant that small numbers of collections may be carried into the following day
  • refuse & recycling kerbside services (green and blue bins) are operating as normal and collecting on the usual scheduled dates
  • organic waste collections (brown food and garden waste bins) are operating as normal and collecting on the usual scheduled dates


The use of some temporary crews has resulted in a higher level of missed collections than usual over the last 1 to 2 weeks.  Please report a missed collection on the reporting a missed collection page if your collection has not been completed by the end of the working day when it was due (ie after 4pm).

Hazardous waste

This is waste that contains substances or properties that might make it harmful to human health or the environment. For that reason it must be disposed of separately to non-hazardous waste.

How to dispose of hazardous waste

Asbestos and chemicals

The City of London's hazardous waste collection service will collect a small amount of asbestos cement or chemicals from your home, provided they are packaged ready for collection. Residents are entitled to one free asbestos collection amounting to 15m2 of individually wrapped pieces (seven builders rubble bags worth of abestos material) and three chemical waste collections per year.

You can find further information by visiting the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association website (ARCA).

Other hazardous waste

The following hazardous items can be safely disposed of at the reuse and recycling centre:

  • car batteries and household batteries
  • computers and related equipment
  • engine oil and central heating oil
  • mobile phones
  • pesticides
  • TV's

Gas cylinders for heaters can usually be recycled by returning them to the shop where you bought them.

Small electrical items (including mobile phones) can be disposed of at one of our WEEE banks around the borough.

Page last updated: 29 September 2020

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