Green sacks - mixed dry recycling

Order green sacks Report missed collection

Put your recycling in sacks, tie the tops and leave them outside your property at street level before 7am on your collection day. If you live on a high street, you might have to put your recycling out during set timebands.

You can use as many sacks as you like and you don't need to separate materials.

Enter your postcode to check your collection day:

What can I put in green sacks?

Paper and card

Paper and card

Includes: cardboard boxes, newspapers, magazines, envelopes, food and drink cartons including Tetra Pak. Break and fold large boxes and leave them next to your green sacks.

Plastic pots and trays

Plastic pots and trays

Includes: margarine and ice cream tubs, yoghurt pots, fruit punnets and ready meal trays.

Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles

Includes: drink, shampoo and detergent bottles.

Tins and cans

Tins and cans

Includes: steel and aluminium and aerosols. Make aerosols are empty but do not squash or pierce.



Includes: kitchen foil and foil trays. Please rinse clean.

Glass bottles and jars


All colours. No broken glass. Rinse and remove lids.

What can't I recycle?

We cannot collect clothes or batteries in green sacks. Please use your nearest public recycling bank for clothes and textiles. There are battery recycling points at all Hackney libraries.

These items can't be recycled and must go in your rubbish bin:

  • nappies
  • tissues, tampons and other sanitary items
  • plastic wrap, cling film and bubble wrap
  • crisp packets and sweet wrappers
  • polystyrene
  • soft plastic / metallic packaging like pet food pouches
  • metallic wrapping paper

Tips for using green sacks

As most waste is recyclable, if you use your green sacks properly you are likely to have hardly any rubbish left over.

Line your main kitchen bin with a green recycling sack. You can then take the green sack out on collection day. You could use a smaller bin for non recyclable waste, store it somewhere else in your home or put it straight into any outdoor containers/bins you may have.

Use an outdoor container for green sacks during the week. You may want to use a bin to store full green recycling sacks during the week. If you do this please ensure green sacks are taken out of the bin in time on the morning of your collection.

Wash and squash all recyclable materials so that they take up less space and do not encourage any foxes.

Change the way you think about recycling. If it is household waste it is likely to be recyclable apart from used sanitary items and plastic film.

Do green sacks encourage vermin?

No. There should not be any food in your green sacks, and all items should be rinsed out so there will be nothing to attract vermin. Food waste should be put in lockable food waste bins.

What happens to my recycling?

Recyclable material is sent to a sorting facility in Bow operated by Bywaters. It is sorted and sent onwards to be made into a variety of new products. The majority of this material is sent for recycling in the UK.

Page updated: 27/01/2017 23:31:04