A to Z of rubbish and recycling

Confused about what goes where? Find your item in the list below to work out what to do with it.

Animal bedding
Put animal bedding in your black wheelie bin for rubbish. 

Asbestos
Asbestos is hazardous waste so you will need to contact the City of London Hazardous waste service to arrange a collection. Please do this as soon as possible to avoid the breakdown and dispersal of the asbesdos. 

Batteries (household)
You can find a battery recycling bin in any shop that sells a large amount of batteries (e.g. supermarkets), or take them to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. If you live in a house, you can put your batteries out with your landfill waste. Just put them in a tied carrier bag on top of your black wheelie bin. 

Books
Books can be taken to a local charity shop or the Houshold Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Bottle tops (metal, foil and plastic) 
Metal bottle tops can be placed in your green recycling box or bin, separate from the bottle. 

Bricks and building rubble
Small quantites of brick and building rubble are accepeted at the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. If you have large quantites, it will need to be removed from your property by a commercial waste collection or skip hire company. Rubble from works completed by a professional (e.g. builder) are classified as commercial waste and will not be accepted at the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. 

Bubblewrap
Bubblewrap is not recyclable, please re-use it. Alternatively, it would go in the black wheelie bin for rubbish, or if you have large quantities please take it to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. 

Bulky waste
You can take bulky items like pieces or furniture or white goods to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre or arrange for a bulky waste collection.

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Car batteries
Car batteries can be disposed of at the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Card and cardboard
Card and cardboard can be recycled from home in your blue lidded wheelie bin. If you have cardboard with food residue (e.g. Pizza boxes), or very wet or oily cardboard put this in your bin for non-recyclable waste.

Carpet 
Carpet in small quantities can be disposed of at the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Cartons (e.g. Tetrapak)
Cartons for liquids like juice and soup can be recycled in your green recycling box or bin - please rinse them first. 

CDs (Compact Discs) 
Some charity shops take CDs as donations, otherwise, you can put them in your black rubbish bin, or in large quantities, take them to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Chemicals 
Hazardous waste can be collected by the City of London Hazardous Waste Service. You will need to contact them directly.

Clinical waste (e.g. needles) 
Do not put clinical waste in your rubbish or recycling - please arrange a special collection for clinical waste

Clothes and shoes
If the clothes and shoes are in good condition, consider offering them to a friend or family member or take them to a charity shop. If you live in a house, you can put textiles and shoes out for collection each week. Make sure clothes are clean and dry and shoes should be paired and tied together. Place them out next to your recycling containers in a tied carrier bag on your collection day by 6.30am.  

Cooking oil
Cooking oil can be collected and taken to the Household Reuse and Recycling centre. 

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DIY waste
Some waste produced in the renovation of your home can be taken to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre in small quantities if the work has been done by yourself. Please see the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre page for full information.

DVDs 
Some charity shops take DVDs as donations, otherwise, you can put them in your black rubbish bin, or in large quantities, take them to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Electrical appliances 
If the items still work you may like to take them to a charity shop (not all accept electrical items). If you live in a house, small electrical appliances can be collected from your home fortnightly on the same day as your black wheelie bin. Place the electrical items in a tied, standard sized carrier bag on top of your black wheelie bin. We collect things like:

  • phones and chargers
  • irons and toasters
  • hairdryers, hair straighteners and hair clippers 
  • clocks, alarm clocks and watches 
  • radios, mini hi-fis and small speakers
  • remote controls 
  • small electronic toys 
  • small power tools

There is only a small space in the truck put aside for collecting electrical items, so if you have a lot of small electricals, or if you have larger electrical items, please take these to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

We don't collect small electrical from flats so please take them to the to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Engine oil 
Please take engine oil to the to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Envelopes
You can recycle paper envelopes in your blue bin - there is no need to remove any windows. If it contains bubblewrap, reuse it if you can, or place it in your black wheelie bin.

Flowers (cut)
Put these in your brown food waste container or your garden waste bin if you have one.

Flowerpots
Flowerpots are not recyclable in Kingston and should be placed in your black wheelie bin for rubbish. Large ones should be taken to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. 

Food waste
You can recycle food waste from your home every week. No food waste should go into your black wheelie bin. Whether you live in a house or a flat, we can provide caddies for you to collect food waste in your kitchen. You can use liners bought from a shop or from our libraries or newspaper to line your caddy, though a liner is not essential. If you live in a house, you should have an outdoor caddy with a lockable handle. If you live in a flat, you should have a communal brown bin for your food waste. 

Food waste includes everything that is or was food, so even bones, coffee grounds, teabags, pet food, meat, eggshells and plate scrapings can be recycled. Please remove any packaging before recycling. 

Furniture (good condition)
If your furniture is in good condition it can be taken to specialist charity shops to be re-used, some of these may also collect items. Alternatively you can book a bulky waste collection for re-usable items. 

Furniture (broken or stained)
If your furniture is in poor condition and is not re-usable, please take it to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. Alternatively you can book a bulky waste collection for non re-usable items. 

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Garden waste
Garden waste can not be placed in your black rubbish bin or your food waste caddy. You can subscribe to our garden waste scheme, take your garden waste to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre, or compost at home.  

Glass bottles and jars
Put glass jars and bottles in your green recycling box or bin. Please don't put broken glass in your recycling, instead, wrap it in paper and/or carrier bags and put it in your bin for non-recyclable waste. 

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Lightbulbs
Fluorescent or gas filled lightbulbs can be taken to the Household Reuse and recycling centre or to a large shop that supplies these items - many of them run a takeback scheme but check before you go. Filament bulbs can be wrapped in newspaper and placed in the black wheelie bin for rubbish. 

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Metals
You can recycle food and drink cans and tins, aerosol containers, metal jar lids and foil in your green recycling box or bin. Other metals are not recyclable from home, please take large items or large quantities to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. 

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Oil
Cooking oil and engine oil are both collected (separately) at the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. 

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Paint
Waterbased paint can be left to dry out with the lid off, then once dry, taken to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre for disposal. Oil based paints or varnishes cannot be disposed of in this way as  they are classified as hazardous waste. Please see our information about hazardous waste

Paper
We recycle all paper including newspapers, magazines, envelopes, junk mail, catalogues, telephone directories, printed paper and shredded paper. Put paper, card and cardboard in your blue lidded wheelie bin (or white cardboard bag if you don't have a wheelie bin). Please remove any plastic packaging around magazines or junk mail. Tissue is not recyclable in your blue bin. Please put wet or oily paper in your black wheelie bin for rubbish. 

Plastic bags
Re-use your plastic bags or put them in your black wheelie bin for rubbish. Some large supermarkets collect used plastic bags and recycle them. 

Plastic film and wrapping
Plastic film cannot be recycled in Kingston. This includes clingfilm, salad bags, magazine wrapping, film lids (e.g. on meat), crisp packets and bubblewrap. Please place this in your black wheelie bin for rubbish. Please ignore any messages, numbers or coding on the packaging about whether it can be recycled or not. 

Plastic bottles, tubs and trays
Plastic tubs, trays and bottles for food, drink and most cleaning and cosmetics products can be recycled in your green box or bin. This includes meat trays (except polystyrene ones), fruit and vegetable trays, yoghurt pots, trays for cheese or cold meats, drinks bottles, shampoo bottles, cleaning product bottles and more. Remove any film attached, or sheets of padding at the bottom and give anything with food on it a quick rinse. Black plastic can go into your recycling box or bin and please ignore any messages, numbers or coding on the packaging about whether it can be recycled or not. Flowerpots cannot be recycled and should be placed in your black wheelie bin for rubbish. 

Plastic toys, tools and equipment
Hard plastics such as toys, kitchen utensils, coat hangers, tupperware, garden furniture and washing up bowls can be taken to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. Please do not try to recycle them by using your green box or bin at your home as this will not be collected. 

Polystyrene
Small items can be placed in your black wheelie bin for rubbish. If you have a large quantity, for example polystyrene that comes as packaging for large electrical items and white goods, please take it to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

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Shredded paper
You can recycle this in your blue lidded bin. If you have a large quantity, please take it to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. 

Shoes
If you live in a house, you can put your old textiles and shoes out for collection each week. Make sure clothes are clean and dry and shoes should be paired and tied together. Place them out next to your recycling containers in a tied carrier bag on your collection day by 6.30am. 

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Tins and cans
Tins and cans can be placed in your green box of bin. Please rinse first. Large tins like biscuit tins should go in your black wheelie bin for rubbish. 

Tissue
Tissue and kitchen towel are not recyclable, please put these in your black wheelie bin for rubbish.  

Textiles
If you live in a house, you can put your old textiles and shoes out for collection each week. Make sure clothes are clean and dry and shoes should be paired and tied together. Place them out next to your recycling containers in a tied carrier bag on your collection day by 6.30am.  

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Wood
Wood cannot go into your recycling or rubbish bins, please take it to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre.

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