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    City residents can recycle everything from cardboard to hairdryers

​Recycling in the City of London is easy. Most recyclable items can be added to your clear recycling sack or your recycling bin.

For information about recycling in your area choose one of the headings below.

To find out what happens to your recyclable waste, visit the What happens to your waste and recycling? page. ​​​

Barbican Estate

Mixed recycling

A clear recycling sack for mixed recycling is delivered to you daily. Tie up the recycling sack and put it in your refuse cupboard for ​the daily collection Monday to Friday before 8am.

If you need more recycling sacks contact the Barbican Estate Office on 020 7029 3953.

Recycling bins are located in your nearest car park. The bins will normally have a green lid and the Household Recycling icon featured above (recycling bins are located in your nearest car park. The bins will normally have a green lid and the Household Recycling icon featured above. See the Barbican Estate map (800KB) for location.

To find out what you can add to your clear recycling sack see our clear recycling sacks page.

You can recycle the following items

Food waste

Barbican residents are provided with a kitchen caddy and compostable liners to contain food waste. All types of food can be included in your food waste collection, cooked and uncooked, egg shells, bones, tea bags and coffee grounds.

Put your caddy containing the tied liner inside your refuse cupboard. It will be collected daily Monday to Friday at the same time as your refuse and recycling sacks. Food waste bins are also located in your nearest car park. See the Barbican Estate map (800KB) for location. The bins are green and have the Food Waste Recycling icon on them.​ for location. The bins are green and have the Food Waste Recycling icon on them.​

If you do not have a kitchen caddy or need more compostable liners contact the Barbican Estate Office on 020 7029 3953.

Small electrical and electronic items

These can be recycled in the pink Small Electrical Items bins in the bin areas in Beech Street lay-bay, Bunyan Court car park, Thomas More House car park and Willoughby House car park. See the Barbican Estate map (800KB) for location.

Small appliances include:

  • irons
  • microwaves
  • hair dryers
  • kettles
  • electric shavers
  • toasters
  • electric toothbrushes
  • mobile phones
  • table lamps
  • DVD and CD players
  • Walkmans, Discmans, radios
  • laptop or desktop computers, games consoles

Large appliances

Large electrical appliances are collected through the Bulky Waste collection service and sent for reuse or recycling.

Please call 020 7606 3110 to arrange a collection or take items to bulky waste collection points. See the Barbican Estate map (800KB) for location. Please be aware that charges may apply to this collection service.

Large electrical items include:

  • televisions
  • computer monitors
  • fridges/freezers
  • dish washers
  • ​washing machines
  • tumble dryers
  • electric cookers
  • electric ovens

Note: Televisions, monitors and fridges/freezers are classed as hazardous waste and must not be put in the recycling bin.

To arrange a collection please call 020 7606 3110.​ There may be a charge for this service.

Textiles, clothes and shoes

You can place textiles, clothes and shoes in the Salvation Army collection bank at the top of Willoughby car park ramp, in Bunyan Court car park or in Thomas More car park. Please tie shoes together.

Low energy light bulbs and batteries

You can recycle your low energy light bulbs and batteries in the bins at the following locations. See the Barbican Estate map (800KB) for location:

  • Willoughby underground car park
  • Bunyan Court car park
  • Andrews House car park
  • Breton House car park
  • Thomas More House car park
  • Beech Street lay-bay (just batteries)
  • Barbican Estate Office, 3 Lauderdale Place

Alternatively you can take your batteries and light bulbs to your local supermarket or Robert Dyas store.

Add these items to your rubbish bag, not your clear recycling bag​

  • crisp packets
  • food waste
  • polystyrene
  • textiles
  • nappies
  • black bags
  • ceramic

Golden Lane Estate

Mixed recycling

Tie your clear recycling sack and place it in front of your door for collection Monday and Thursday before 9am.

A roll of clear recycling sacks is delivered to you every six months. If you need recycling sacks between deliveries please contact the Estate Office on 020 7253 2556.

Recycling bins are located in your nearest car park. The bins will normally have a green lid and the Household Recycling icon featured above (cycling bins are located in your nearest car park. The bins will normally have a green lid and the Household Recycling icon featured above. See the Golden Lane Estate map (100KB) for location.

To find out what you can place in your clear recycling sack see our clear recycling sacks page.

You can recycle the following items

Food waste

Golden Lane Estate residents are provided with a kitchen caddy and compostable liners to contain food waste.

All types of food can be included in your food waste collection, cooked or uncooked, egg shells, bones, tea bags and coffee grounds.

Put your caddy containing the tied liner in front of your door that will be collected Monday and Thursday at the same time as your refuse and recycling sacks. Food waste bins are also located in your nearest car park. The bins are green and have the Food Waste Recycling icon on it. See the Goldlen Lane Estate map (100KB) for location.​ ​

If you do not have a kitchen caddy or need more compostable liners you can contact the Golden Lane Estate Office on 020 7253 2556.

Small electrical and electronic items

You can recycle them in the pink Small Electrical Items bin in the bin areas under Great Arthur House. See the Golden Lane Estate map (100KB) for location.

Small appliances include:

  • irons
  • microwaves
  • hair dryers
  • kettles
  • electric shavers
  • toasters
  • electric toothbrushes
  • mobile phones
  • table lamps
  • DVD and CD players
  • Walkmans, Discmans, radios
  • laptop or desktop computers, games consoles

Large appliances

Large electrical appliances are collected through the Bulky Waste collection service and sent for reuse or recycling.

Call 020 7606 3110 to arrange a collection or take items to the bulky waste collection point under Great Arthur House. See the Golden Lane Estate map (100KB) for location. There may be a charge for this service.

Large electrical items include:

  • televisions
  • computer monitors
  • fridges/freezers
  • dish washers
  • ​washing machines
  • tumble dryers
  • electric cookers
  • electric ovens

Note: Televisions, monitors and fridges/freezers are classed as hazardous waste and must not be placed in the recycling bin.

To arrange for a collection please call 020 7606 3110.​ Please be aware that charges may apply to this service.

Textiles, clothes and shoes

You can place textiles, clothes and shoes in good condition in the Salvation Army collection bank which is located under Crescent House. See the Golden Lane Estate map (100KB) for location.

Low energy light bulbs and batteries

You can recycle your low energy light bulbs and batteries in the bins at the following locations :

  • Bin area under Great Arthur House
  • Golden Lane Estate Office

 Alternatively, take your batteries and light bulbs to your local supermarket or Robert Dyas store.

Put these items in your rubbish bag, not your clear recycling bag​​

  • crisp packets
  • food waste
  • polystyrene
  • textiles
  • nappies
  • black bags
  • ceramic

Mansell Street Estate

Mixed recycling

You can tie your clear recycling sack and place it in front of your door for collection Tuesday and Friday before 12.30pm.

A roll of clear recycling sacks is delivered to you every six months. If you need recycling sacks between deliveries you can collect them from the Portsoken Health and Community Centre (Green Box), 14-16 Little Somerset Street or contact the City of London Contact Centre on 020 7606 3110.

Additionally, recycling bins are located in the bin area in front of Guinness Court entrance three. The bins will normally have a green lid and the Household Recycling icon featured above. See the Mansell Street Estate map (150KB) for location.​

To find out what you can place in your clear recycling sack see our clear recycling sacks page.

You can recycle the following items

Food waste

Mansell Street Estate residents are provided with a kitchen caddy and compostable liners to contain food waste. All types of food can be included in your food waste collection, cooked or uncooked, egg shells, bones, tea bags and coffee grounds.

Put your caddy containing the tied liner in front of your door that will be collected your caddy containing the tied liner in front of your door that will be collected Tuesday and Friday at the same time as your refuse and recycling sacks.

If you do not have a kitchen caddy or need more compostable liners you can collect them at the Portsoken Health and Community Centre (Green Box), 14-16 Little Somerset Street or contact the City of London Contact Centre on 020 7606 3110.

Small electrical and electronic items

You can recycle them in the gray and pink Small Electrical Items bin in the bin area in front of Guinness Court entrance three. See the Mansell Street Estate map (150KB) for location.

Small appliances include:

  • irons
  • microwaves
  • hair dryers
  • kettles
  • electric shavers
  • toasters
  • electric toothbrushes
  • mobile phones
  • table lamps
  • DVD and CD players
  • Walkmans, Discmans, radios
  • laptop or desktop computers, games consoles

Large appliances

Large electrical appliances are collected through the Bulky Waste collection service and sent for reuse or recycling.

Call 020 7606 3110 to arrange a collection or take items to the bulky waste collection point in front of Guinness Court entrance three. See the Mansell Street Estate map (150KB) for location on Monday and Wednesday evening. Please be aware that charges may apply to this collection service.

Large electrical items include:

  • televisions
  • computer monitors
  • fridges/freezers
  • dish washers
  • ​washing machines
  • tumble dryers
  • electric cookers
  • electric ovens

Note: Televisions, monitors and fridges/freezers are classed as hazardous waste and must not be placed in the recycling bin.

To arrange a collection please call 020 7606 3110.​ There may be a charge for this service.

Textiles, clothes and shoes

Put textiles, clothes and shoes in good condition in the Salvation Army collection bank which is located in the bin area in front of Guinness Court entrance three. See the Mansell Street Estate map (150KB) for location.

Low energy light bulbs and batteries

You can recycle your low energy light bulbs and batteries in the bins at the Portsoken Health and Community Centre (Green Box), 14-16 Little Somerset Street. See the Mansell Street Estate map (150KB) for location. Alternatively, take your batteries and light bulbs to your local supermarket or Robert Dyas store.

Please put these items in your rubbish bag, not your clear recycling bag​

  • crisp packets
  • food waste
  • polystyrene
  • textiles
  • nappies
  • black bags
  • ceramic

Middlesex Street Estate

Mixed recycling

Tie your clear recycling sack and place it in front of your door for collection Tuesday and Friday before 9am.

A roll of clear recycling sacks is delivered to you every six months. If you need recycling sacks between deliveries you can collect them from the Estate Office or contact the City of London Contact Centre on 020 7606 3110.

Recycling bins are located in your nearest car park. The bins will normally have a green lid and the Household Recycling icon featured above (recycling bins are located in your nearest car park. The bins will normally have a green lid and the Household Recycling icon featured above. See the Middlesex Street Estate map (100KB) for location.​

To find out what you can place in your clear recycling sack see our clear recycling sacks page.

You can recycle the following items

Food waste

Middlesex Street Estate residents are provided with a kitchen caddy and compostable liners to contain food waste. All types of food can be included in your food waste collection, cooked or uncooked, egg shells, bones, tea bags and coffee grounds.

Put your caddy containing the tied liner in front of your door that will be collected Tuesday and Friday at the same time as your refuse and recycling sacks. Food waste bins are also located in the bin area in the car park. See the Middlesex Street Estate map (800KB)for location.​ The bins are green and have the Food Waste Recycling icon.​

If you do not have a kitchen caddy or need more compostable liners you can collect them at the Estate Office or contact the City of London Contact Centre on 020 7606 3110.

Small electrical and electronic items

Recycle them in the pink Small Electrical Items bin in the bin area in the car park. See the Middlesex Street Estate map (100KB) for location.

Small appliances include:

  • irons
  • microwaves
  • hair dryers
  • kettles
  • electric shavers
  • toasters
  • electric toothbrushes
  • mobile phones
  • table lamps
  • DVD and CD players
  • Walkmans, Discmans, radios
  • laptop or desktop computers, games consoles

Large appliances

Large electrical appliances are collected through the Bulky Waste collection service and sent for reuse or recycling.

Please call 020 7606 3110 to arrange a collection or take items to the bulky waste collection point in the underground car park. See the Middlesex Street Estate map (100KB) for location. There may be a charge for this service.

Large electrical items include:

  • televisions
  • computer monitors
  • fridges/freezers
  • dish washers
  • ​washing machines
  • tumble dryers
  • electric cookers
  • electric ovens

Note: Televisions, monitors and fridges/freezers are classed as hazardous waste and must not be placed in the recycling bin.

To arrange for a collection please call 020 7606 3110.​ There may be a charge for this service.

Textiles, clothes and shoes

Put textiles, clothes and shoes in the Salvation Army collection bank which is located in the bin area in the underground car park. See the Middlesex Street Estate map (100KB) for location.​

Low energy light bulbs and batteries

You can recycle your low energy light bulbs and batteries in the bins located in the bin area in the car park. See the Middlesex Street Estate map (100KB) for location.​ Alternatively, take your batteries and light bulbs to your local supermarket or Robert Dyas store.

Put these items in your rubbish bag, not your clear recycling bag

  • crisp packets
  • food waste
  • polystyrene
  • textiles
  • nappies
  • black bags
  • ceramic

Private blocks of flats with bin store

Mixed recycling

Your recycling is collected daily, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).

Private blocks of flats with a bin store are provided with recycling bins and/or clear recycling sacks.

Sacks are delivered to you every six months. To order sacks between deliveries call the City of London Contact Centre on 020 7606 3110.

The recycling bin in the store will usually have a green lid and a sticker or sign identifying it as a recycling bin.

You may place your recycling into the bin either in the clear recycling sack or loose. Find out what you can place in your clear recycling sack.

Do not use black rubbish sacks for your recycling as these will be treated as contamination and will not be recycled.

You can recycle the following items

Food waste

Some blocks of flats are provided with food waste collection service. Check in your bin store if there is a food waste recycling bin. The bins will normally be brown with the Food Waste Recycling icon on it. Alternatively ask to your concierge/managing agent or call 020 7606 3110 to know if you can benefit from the service. If you can, you will be provided with a kitchen caddy and compostable liners to contain food waste.

All types of food can be included in your food waste collection, cooked or uncooked, egg shells, bones, tea bags and coffee grounds.

If you do not have a kitchen caddy or need more compostable liners you can ask your concierge or contact the City of London Contact Centre on 020 7606 3110.

Low energy light bulbs and batteries

You can recycle your low energy light bulbs and batteries in the bins at the following locations:

  • Artizan Street Library, Artizan street
  • Barbican Estate Office, 3 Lauderdale Place
  • Barbican Library, The Barbican Centre
  • Golden Lane Estate Office, Fann Street
  • Guildhall North Wing Reception, Basingale Street (batteries only)
  • Guildhall West Wing Reception, Aldermanbury (batteries only)
  • Shoe Lane Library, Little New Street
  • Walbrook Wharf, City of London Offices, 79-83 Upper Thames Street

Small electrical appliances

You can recycle them in the pink Small Electrical Items bin at:

  • Golden Lane Estate Office, Fann Street (The Estate Officer will direct you to the bins area)

Large electrical appliances and bulky waste

Large items are collected through the Bulky Waste collection service and sent for reuse or recycling.

Please call 020 7606 3110 to arrange a collection. Please be aware that charges may apply to this collection service.

Textiles, clothes and shoes

You can place textiles, clothes and shoes in the Salvation Army collection banks at:

  • Golden Lane Estate Office, Fann Street (The Estate Officer will direct you to the bins area)

Put these items in your rubbish bag, not your clear recycling bag

  • crisp packets
  • food waste
  • polystyrene
  • textiles
  • nappies
  • black bags
  • ceramic

Private blocks of flats without bin store

Mixed recycling

A kerbside collection is provided to those residents who do not have access to a bin store or refuse chamber.

The City of London provides clear household recycling sacks to those residents receiving a kerbside collection.

Please tie your sack and place it on the street between 6.30pm and 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday. This is in order to comply with the City of London's Time Banding scheme. For further information about Time Banding please see the Time Banding page. If the specified waste and recycling presentation time is missed, your bags must be stored off the street until the next scheduled collection. Please note, there are no collections on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

Recycling and Household Waste sacks are delivered every six months. To order sacks between deliveries, please call 020 7606 3110.

To find out what you can place in your clear recycling sack see our clear recycling sacks page.

You can also recycle the following items:

Low energy light bulbs and batteries

You can recycle your low energy light bulbs and batteries in the bins at the following locations:

  • Artizan Street Library, Artizan street
  • Barbican Estate Office, 3 Lauderdale Place
  • Barbican Library, The Barbican Centre
  • Golden Lane Estate Office, Fann Street
  • Guildhall North Wing Reception, Basingale Street (batteries only)
  • Guildhall West Wing Reception, Aldermanbury (batteries only)
  • Shoe Lane Library, Little New Street
  • Walbrook Wharf, City of London Offices, 79-83 Upper Thames Street

Small electrical appliances

You can recycle them in the pink Small Electrical Items bin at:

  • Golden Lane Estate Office, Fann Street (The Estate Officer will direct you to the bin area)

Large electrical appliances and bulky waste

Large items are collected through the Bulky Waste collection service and sent for reuse or recycling.

Call 020 7606 3110 to arrange a collection. There may be a charge for this service.

Textiles, clothes and shoes 

Put  textiles, clothes and shoes in the Salvation Army collection banks at:

  • Golden Lane Estate Office, Fann Street (The Estate Officer will direct you to the bin area)

Put these items in your rubbish bag, not your clear recycling bag​

  • crisp packets
  • food waste
  • polystyrene
  • textiles
  • nappies
  • black bags
  • ceramic

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