Waste & Recycling

Waste and recycling collection

Find out more about what you can easily recycle, how you can reduce your waste, and how you can get involved in the Don’t Mess With Croydon campaign.


Landfill waste bins are collected every fortnight, but some housing estates have landfill waste collections every week. If you put rubbish by the side of your bin because it cannot fit

Inside, it will not be collected. Please do not put recyclable waste in your landfill bin.


Recycling is collected every week, but is separated into blue and green weeks to indicate which recycling box you need to put out for collection. On blue weeks you should put out your blue box (paper and card), on green weeks you should put out your green box (plastics, cartons, metals and glass). If you live on an estate or in a block of flats you should use your communal outdoor recycling bins.

Food waste recycling

You can recycle food waste using the free weekly service. The council will provide you with a food caddy for inside your home and an outdoor food waste bin if you live in a kerbside property. If you live on an estate you can use communal outdoor bins.

To find out your refuse and recycling collection days go to:


Once you know your collection day, you can download a calendar to pin up to remind you what to put and when.


Other recycling services

Textiles can be recycled using the free weekly kerbside service or at a local household reuse and recycling centre. The council will collect bulky waste from as little as £10 for up to seven items and there is a subscription based service to collect garden waste from April to November each year.

For more information on these and other waste services go to: www.croydon.gov.uk/recycling

Waste and recycling centres

There are three Household Reuse and Recycling Centres (HRRCs) in Croydon, located at Factory Lane, Fishers Farm and Purley Oaks. You can recycle bulky waste, white goods, paint, green waste, small electricals and many other items at these sites. The sites are for residents only and you will need a permit. You can get a permit at any of the sites when you bring photo ID and separate proof of address.

For more information go to: www.croydon.gov.uk/permitscheme

There are also 16 smaller Neighbourhood Recycling Centres (NRCs) – to find the centres nearest to you visit www.croydon.gov.uk/recycling

Fly Tipping

You cannot put waste out on the street, other than in your bins/boxes on your waste collection days. If you do put waste on the street it is fly-tipping, which is illegal and you could face a minimum fine of £80.