Recycle electrical and electronic items

Electrical or electronic items that can’t be used, such as mobile phones and toasters, can probably be recycled. You can donate items that are still working to a charity shop or give them away using Freecycle

Book a collection

We collect small electrical or electronic items for free on the same day as your regular recycling. 

Book a collection

Or call Veolia on 020 3567 8105.

Clearabee provides free recycling collections for large and difficult to handle waste electrical items such as fridges and electric heaters



Recycle plastics

You can recycle plastics using your recycling bin, box or bag or by taking them to a recycling point:

Find your nearest recycling point

Some supermarkets also provide recycling banks for plastic bags.

What plastics can I recycle?

You can recycle:

  • bottle tops
  • carrier bags
  • kitchen bottles – for example oil
  • milk and drink bottles
  • laundry or cleaning bottles
  • plastic carrier bags - must be empty and untied
  • magazine wrappings 
  • margarine tubs
  • food trays (all colours)
  • toiletry bottles – for example shampoo
  • yoghurt pots

You can’t recycle:

  • fruit wrappings
  • crisp and sweet packets
  • blister packaging (packaging that is usually sealed and needs to be cut off)

Recycle clothes, shoes and textiles

Most things made of fabric can be recycled, even un-wearable clothing. Textiles can include:

  • towels
  • sheets
  • bedding
  • blankets 
  • soft furnishings – for example cushion covers

You shouldn’t mix clothes and textiles in your recycling at home. You can order clothes and textiles bags.

How are clothes, textiles and shoes reused and recycled?

Wearable clothes and shoes can be distributed through charity shops. Clothes and textiles that cannot be used again can be sold for other uses such as:

  • padding and stuffing in furniture 
  • industrial wipes
  • new clothes and textiles

Recycle light bulbs

Don’t put any light bulbs or fluorescent tubes in your recycling box or bag. Fluorescent tubes contain hazardous substances which can be harmful to the environment. 

Old style light bulbs should be wrapped and put in your rubbish. They can’t be recycled. 

Energy efficient light bulbs and fluorescent tubes can be recycled at a light bulb recycling point:

Find your nearest light bulb recycling point

Recycle foil

Clean aluminium foil can be recycled along with your other recyclables in your green box or bag. You can also put foil in the plastics and cans bins at the on-street recycling facilities. Please make sure all containers are clean before being recycled.

What foil can be recycled?

You can recycle:

  • kitchen foil
  • milk bottle tops
  • baking and freezing trays
  • take-away and ready meal containers
  • Aluminium can be recycled over and over again, saving 95 per cent of the energy required to make new aluminium.

You can't recycle:

  • Silver-look 'foil' packaging such as crisp packets and chocolate wrappings cannot be recycled. They are made of plastic which is coated with a sort of metallic ink.

Do the scrunch test to be sure. If foil can be crushed or scrunched up and does not spring back into shape, it is probably aluminium and can be recycled. If it bounces back then it is plastic not aluminium and cannot currently be recycled.

Recycle wood

You can recycle the below types of wood at Regis Road Reuse and Recycling Centre.

What wood can be recycled at Regis Road?

You can recycle:

  • packaging waste such as scrap pallets and packing cases
  • furniture made from solid wood or 'flat pack' furniture made from board products or DIY materials
  • wood from building and demolition activities
  • chipboard
  • fireboard, including Medium Density Fireboard (MDF)
  • plywood
  • Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
  • fencing - only if not treated with anything

You can't recycle:

  • fencing if treated with creosote or any other chemicals
  • telegraph poles and railway sleepers
  • green waste including logs
  • other building materials such as bricks, concrete,tile etc.



Household batteries

Most household battery types can be dropped off at shops and supermarkets, or  we offer a free weekly collection of batteries as part of your household recycling collection service.

 These containers are for recycling the following battery types:

  • Button
  • AA
  • AAA
  • C
  • D
  • 9V
  • Non-rechargeable batteries
  • Re-chargeable (if they are no longer charging)

Order a bin, box or bag

Live on an estate?

Then leave your tied battery bag at your estate’s ‘bulky waste’ collection point. Call Veolia on 020 3567 8105 or ask your caretaker for more information. 

Car batteries

If you are buying a new car battery they may take your old one for recycling. However you can recycle your car batteries at some garages and scrap metal facilities. Car batteries should be treated as hazardous waste and should not be thrown away in the normal household rubbish.