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Waste collection services update - impacts of COVID-19

  • most household collection services are operating on the normal collection dates, although a small number of recycling and organic waste collections may take place on the following day as crews catch up outstanding work.  Please wait until the day after your normal collection before reporting a missed collection
  • please help by making sure you put the right waste into the right bin.  Clean recyclable material must go into the recycling bin (please flatten large items to take up less space) but these bins cannot be used for general waste.  It will take longer than usual to clear contaminated recycling bins
  • the bulky waste collection service is currently suspended, but completion of overdue collections is expected to start in the week commencing 25 January 2021
  • the recycling centre remains open but you will need to book an appointment.  Please check our website for COVID-19 precautions that are in place

You can find out more details of impacts and changes to services on the waste collection services  update page. 

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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