Recycling collections

What to include in clear sacks and orange-lidded recycling banks

Only include items listed in the "yes please" column below and ensure that containers are rinsed to remove any food remains.

Never include anything that could cause risk of injury to staff in the collection or sorting process such as hypodermic needles.

Larger pieces of cardboard should be broken up before recycling them. Alternatively, households receiving the clear sack recycling service can tie bundles of cardboard with string and place them for collection next to their clear recycling sacks.

Material type Yes please (Include in your recycling sacks or banks) 
Green tick

No thank you

Red cross

Mixed glass bottles and jars All glass bottles and jars (please rinse).

Lids, tops or corks, Pyrex/Ovenware, mirrors, window glass.

Clean lids can be delivered to the Wandsworth Work and Play Community Scrap Store.

Broken glass must not be included in sacks for safety reasons but it can be included in the recycling banks.

Food and drink cartons

All food and drinks cartons (please rinse and squash).

E.g. milk, juice and soup cartons, Tetra Pak cartons.

Plastic tops, coffee cups, Pringle pots.
Plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays

All plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays (please rinse).

E.g. shampoo bottles, yoghurt pots, food trays.

There is no need to refer to the codes printed on these items which identify the type of plastic (a number in a triangular recycling symbol).

Lids or tops, plastic film, wrapping, plastic carrier bags, polystyrene, Styrofoam, toys, plant pots and other plastic items.  Large supermarket facilities for recycling plastic carrier bags now accept clean plastic packaging films bearing the "Recycle with carrier bags at larger stores logo.

Clean lids can be delivered to the Wandsworth Work and Play Community Scrap Store.

Mixed paper and card

All clean and dry sheets of paper, card and cardboard. 

E.g. newspaper, magazines, white and coloured paper,
catalogues and directories, leaflets and envelopes, softback books, cereal boxes and corrugated cardboard.

Wet paper, dirty paper, shredded paper, hardback books.
food and drink cans and aerosols
All food tins and drinks cans (please rinse), empty aerosols.

Foil or foil containers. 

Large biscuit / sweet tins: These cause problems at the sorting plant, but you can recycle them in the scrap metal bay at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Smugglers Way, Wandsworth.