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We collect your blue lidded mixed recycling wheeled bin (please make sure the lid can close), or clear recycling sacks, from the edge of your property nearest the road on alternate weeks. All containers must be available by 6am on your collection day. Please do not put black sacks in your recycling bin as it will not be collected.

Recycling sacks are only supplied where wheeled bins cannot be used because of steep steps or difficult access, and to residents who are unable to physically move a wheeled bin.

Family demonstrating recycling

What you can recycle

Paper & cardboard

  • Books.
  • Cardboard – any size (as long as bin lid can close).
  • Cereal boxes.
  • Computer paper/print outs.
  • Envelopes including window type.
  • Egg boxes.
  • Greeting cards.
  • Junk mail.
  • Newspapers/ magazines.
  • Office paper white & coloured.
  • Other paper including clean paper bags.
  • Paper cups.
  • Shredded paper (please contain in paper bags or cereal boxes when possible).
  • Telephone directories including Yellow Pages and other catalogues.
  • Wrapping paper.


  • Food and drink cartons (eg soup, milk, juice)
  • Plastic caps and lids.
  • Plastic coloured and clear bottles eg detergent, fabric conditioners, bleach, household cleaning fluids, hair care, bath, shower and cooking oil bottles.
  • Plastic coloured and clear drinks bottles.
  • Plastic coloured and clear food trays.
  • Plastic containers eg yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs, margarine containers.
  • Plastic carrier and other bags.
  • Plastic packaging (but not cling film or bubble wrap).
  • Toothpaste tubes.
  • Yoghurt containers, straws and other containers.


  • Aerosol cans (fully discharged).
  • Drink and food cans.
  • Foil, including metal food trays (with any remaining food removed before being put in the recycling bin).
  • Metal lids eg screw tops, beer bottle tops, jam jar lids, can lids.


  • Bottles and jars (please remove lids. Metal lids can go in the recycling bin and corks should go in the general waste bin).

Collection day

The recycling will be collected on alternate weeks.

What you can't recycle in your blue lidded bin

Some of these can be recycled locally at the community recycling centres.

Guide to recycling and waste services available to households.

How clean does my recycling need to be?

Please remove any big chunks of food and rinse items with leftover washing up water. This will prevent any odours and be cleaner for the operatives sorting the materials for reprocessing.

I cannot move the wheeled bin?

We can arrange to assess your circumstances. Please call Customer Services on 01883 722000, email, or  visit for more information.

What happens to recycling?

All the recycling materials you put in your blue lidded mixed recycling wheelie bin will be taken to a material recovery facility (MRF). Biffa run the MRF we use in Edmonton, North London.

What happens at the MRF?

  1. The MRF comprises a series of conveyor belts, screens and technology to sort all the different materials.
  2. The mixed recycling is unloaded onto the factory floor before the shovel loader scoops it up and loads it in to the main feed (a huge skip).
  3. From there it is loaded onto a conveyor belt. The bags housing the recycling are ripped open, sucked up into a vacuum-like pipe and sent to be recycled while the rest of the material continues on its journey.
  4. The material travels through large cogs, which separate out the heavy glass and large card.
  5. Next a fast spinning set of star shaped wheels removes two dimensional materials such as paper and any remaining card.
  6. Three dimensional items such as cans and plastic bottles drop through to another conveyor belt, where magnets and eddy current separators remove the steel and aluminium cans.
  7. An optical reader detects the different types and colours of plastics and air jets blow them off the conveyor belt into collection hoppers.
  8. Glass is also sorted into different sized grades and small bits of contamination such as shredded paper and bottle tops are removed using cyclone technology.
  9. Finally there is a hand sorting process to ensure that everything that we can recycle is recycled!
  10. Now all the materials have been separated. They are baled up and sent off to be made into new items.

Video of what happens to recycling.

A Biffa vehicle arrives at the MRF in Edmonton to unload mixed recycling onto the factory floor.View of the material recovery facility (MRF) at Edmonton in North London showing the conveyor belts used to sort materials.Image showing bales of mixed recycling at MRF in Edmonton