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Private blocks of flats with bin store

Date updated: 14/08/2023

Mixed recycling

Your recycling is collected daily, Monday to Saturday (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. 

Do not use black rubbish sacks or shopping bags for your recycling as these will be treated as contamination and the contents will not be recycled.

Items that you cannot put in your clear recycling bag​

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

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 find out 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.

Recycle the following items

Low energy light bulbs and batteries

You can recycle these 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, Basinghall 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

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

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 collection service.

Textiles, clothes and shoes

Deposit 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)

We regularly hold Give and Take Days where residents can donate items such as clothes. These are a great way to donate or pick up something new to you.