Christmas and New Year bin collection

Over the bank holiday period there will be changes to domestic, trade waste and recycling collection arrangements. If your normal collection day is any day other than Monday, your waste, recycling, food and garden waste collections will be affected. You can see the revised collection dates here.

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, which can also save you lots of money.

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Waste collections

Tower Hamlets provides a weekly refuse and recycling collection to residents. Figures released for April 2017 to March 2018 show that a staggering 10.2 million collections took place over that period. 
View the latest refuse and recycling collection figures.

Christmas and New Year collections

Over the bank holiday period there will be changes to domestic, trade waste and recycling collection arrangements. If your normal collection day is any day other than Monday, your waste, recycling, food and garden waste collections will be affected.
Collection Schedule
 Normal collection day  Revised collection day
 No collection on 25 or 26 December
 Monday 24 December   No Change
 Thursday 25 December   Thursday 27 December 
 Wednesday 26 December  Friday 28 December
 Thursday 27 December  Saturday 29 December
 Friday 28 December   Sunday 30 December 
No collection on 1 January 
 Monday 31 December   No Change
 Tuesday 1 January  Wednesday 2 January
 Wednesday 2 January  Thursday 3 January
 Thursday 3 January  Friday 4 January
Friday 4 January  Saturday 5 January 
Please ensure your waste and recycling (including food and garden waste) is available for collection before 7.00am on your scheduled collection day.

Christmas trees

There will be a collection for the recycling of real Christmas trees from 7-21 January 2019.

If you currently receive a kerbside food and garden waste collection, please remove any decorations from the tree and leave out for collection on your scheduled day during this period. If you do not have kerbside services, please contact your property landlord or management company who can arrange collections from the nominated communal collection points.