Your kerbside general rubbish and recycling is collected by Harlow District Council. Find out what is accepted in your general rubbish and recycling, as well as how to book a special collection or apply for a clinical waste collection.
Harlow recycling collection
Items accepted in your fortnightly recycling wheelie bin or blue box include:
- Plastic bottles with lids left on. Including plastic cleaning, detergent and shampoo bottles
- Paper and cardboard
- Metal items such as tins, cans and aerosols
- Glass bottles and jars with lids left on
Please ensure items are clean and dry before recycling. Find out more about items that are and are not accepted in your recycling bin.
Items accepted in your weekly green food waste caddy include:
- Cooked and uncooked food waste
- Fruit and vegetables including peelings
- Newspaper if used to line your food caddy
Find out more about items that are and are not accepted in your green food waste caddy.
Items accepted in your garden waste bin or sack include:
- Grass cuttings
- Shrubs, plants (including house flowers), weeds and leaves
- Small branches
Please note, garden waste is a chargeable service. Find out more about items that are and are not accepted in your garden waste bin or sack.
Harlow general rubbish collection
Items accepted in your fortnightly general rubbish black bin and purple sack include:
- Items which cannot be placed in your recycling containers
- Nappies and incontinence waste
- Food pouches
- Crisp packets
- Bubble wrap
- Plastic pots, tubs and trays such as yoghurt pots and ice cream tubs
- Plastic film, such as cling film
- Medicine blister pack
- Drinks cartons
Harlow special (bulky waste) collection
It may be possible for you to arrange a special or bulky waste collection for large items or electrical items from your household. Please note there may be a charge for this service.
Find out more about special collections in Harlow and book a collection.
Harlow clinical waste collection
Clinical waste includes human or animal tissue, blood or bodily fluids, excretions, drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs or dressings and syringes, needles or other sharp instruments, that may put human health at risk.
Clinical waste is not accepted in your kerbside collection or at any Essex County Council recycling centre. Clinical waste produced by a healthcare worker during a visit to your home should be removed by them. For clinical waste that is generated at home by self-treatment, contact Harlow District Council for a clinical waste collection.
Find your nearest recycling centre in Harlow
Recycling centres are for your own household waste only. Your nearest Essex County Council recycling centre in Harlow is Harlow Recycling Centre. Please check recycling centre opening times and site restrictions before visiting.