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:

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 and remove tops).

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, tops or pump mechanisms from spray dispensers, polystyrene/styrofoam, toys, plant pots and any other plastic items - these should be included with your general rubbish if you cant find some other way of re-using or recycling them. Please note that clean lids can be delivered for recycling to the Wandsworth Work and Play Community Scrap Store

Plastic carrier bags and clean packaging films bearing the recycle with carrier bags at larger stores logo can be recycled at large supermarkets.

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 recycling


All food tins and drinks cans (please rinse).

Aerosol cans
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 Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Smugglers Way, Wandsworth.