Waste collections

Real Christmas trees collected for recycling 6 to 20 January

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.


After you have recycled and reduced as much waste as you can, we will collect the rest of your waste and send it to an energy from waste facility where it is burnt to generate electricity.

Find out here about the various kinds of collection we offer and how you can use the service.

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    Please let us know if you are having issues with the schedule.

    Waste collections from home


    Some streets have daily timed collections for rubbish and recycling. All the rubbish and recycling will be collected via sacks from directly outside your door each day at the specific times of day. Rubbish and recycling must be kept inside the property at all other times.

    Check roads and times for timed daily collections


    All other residential properties have a weekly collection.

    If your rubbish and recycling is collected from your doorstep or kerb please make sure it is out by 7am and clearly visible to the collection crews from the road.

    We do not provide containers for residents for their rubbish so you will need to buy black bags. You may also want to buy a small bin to store your rubbish in.

    We will collect your rubbish and recycling on the same day each week, with the exception of Christmas, New Year and Bank Holidays, when it is generally collected a day later. 

    You can help us to collect your rubbish by:
    • Recycling and reducing as much as possible
    • Placing your rubbish out for collection only on the scheduled day of collection
    • Bagging your rubbish before putting it into the container and making sure waste sacks are tied up 
    • Keeping the area around your container clear on the day of collection so that we can safely move it to the vehicle

    Assisted collections

    We understand that some residents are not able to carry their recycling and rubbish to the appropriate location for collection. If you do not have someone who can help you move your recycling and rubbish to the collection point we would like to help. To request an assisted collection or for further information please contact us on 020 7364 5000.

    Our operational services privacy notice will give you an overview of how we handle your data.

    Have we missed you?

    For weekly collections, you must leave it out before 7am on the day of collection.

    When recycling communal bins contain high volumes of black sacks and non-recyclable materials your managing agent or housing association should be informed, as these items should be removed before collection by the council.

    Reports of missed collection can be made after 3pm on the collection day.

    Report a missed collection

    Other kinds of waste

    Clinical waste Clinical waste

    Clinical waste is any waste that poses a threat of infection to humans. Examples of clinical waste include:

    • Human or animal tissue
    • Blood or other bodily fluids (but excluding nappies or incontinence pads)
    • Drugs or other pharmaceutical products 
    • Swabs or dressings 
    • Syringes, needles or other sharp instruments

    We will collect clinical waste from domestic properties and will dispose of it correctly. Please do not put clinical waste in with normal waste.

    There is no charge for removal of clinical waste from domestic properties however you must be referred to us by your GP or nurse. 

    Our operational services privacy notice explains how we will handle your personal information.

    Hazardous waste 

    Waste such as asbestos, chemicals, petrol and pesticides should not be disposed of through the usual household or business waste collections. To arrange for a collection of household hazardous waste, please contact the Corporation of London, who provide a collection service on our behalf.

    The Corporation of London will collect small quantities of asbestos and hazardous chemicals, for example pesticides, petrol, paraffin, diesel, creosote and paint strippers. 

    There is usually no cost for the first collection (depending on the amount of waste), but subsequent collections will be chargeable depending on the amount and type of material you have.

    Annual collection data

    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.