Recycling and waste

Recycling in Tower Hamlets is quick and easy. It’s about making a simple choice between putting items in your bin or recycling them.

Even better than recycling is reducing the amount of waste we produce in the first place and this can save you lots of money too.

Please use the links on the left to find out more about our services.

Bank holiday collection day changes

Over the August bank holiday period there will be changes to your normal collection arrangements. All collections will occur one day later than normal. Your waste, recycling, food and garden waste collections will be affected.

Normal collection day Revised collection day
Monday August 25, 2014 Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tuesday August 26, 2014 Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Thursday, August 28, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014 Friday, August 29, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014 Saturday, August 30, 2014

Please ensure your waste and recycling (including food and garden waste) is available for collection before 7am. Normal services resume on Monday, September 1, 2014.

Swap Event

When: The Centre, Community Hall, 32 Merchant Street, Bow, E3 4LX.

Where: August 30, 2014, 11am to 3pm

Bring along reusable, clean items that are no longer wanted and take away things you want for free.

Books, DVDs, CDs, clothes, paired shoes, toys and bric-a-brac can be brought along. The items must be clean, in good condition and something that you are proud to hand on. In return you can swap them for anything that takes their fancy.

Large items can also be swapped, such as furniture or even a shed, but they are not to be brought to the event. Instead bring along a photo or description of the item along with your contact details.

Items such as household batteries, printer cartridges, low energy light bulbs, bikes and small electrical appliances like hairdryers, toasters, kettles and mobile phones can be brought along for recycling, but cannot be swapped.

For more information about swap events email recycling@towerhamlets.gov.uk or call 020 7364 5004.

Online services

Waste collections

Tower Hamlets Council provides a weekly refuse and recycling collection to residents and figures released for April to September 2013 show that a staggering 2.27 million collections have taken place over that period. 

View the refuse and recycling collection figures (PDF, 99kb)

Contact us

London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Clean and Green

Mulberry Place (AH)
PO Box 55739
5 Clove Crescent
E14 1BY

Tel: 020 7364 5004
Fax: 020 7364 6885
Email: generalenquiries@towerhamlets.gov.uk

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