Garden and bulky waste services suspended, orange sacks and Gerpins Lane closed

Collections, and the renewal of contracts for garden waste bins and compostable sacks, has stopped. We advise you to home compost as much of your green garden waste as you can. We will not be collecting bulky waste until further notice and the Reuse and Recycling Centres at Gerpins Lane is closed. Running out of orange sacks? Put your recycling in a bag that is either clear or as see-through as possible, and label it as recycling. Go to our service disruption page for details

Coronavirus waste disposal advice

Tissues, disposable gloves and other related items used by anyone with suspected COVID-19 and those cleaning up afterwards, should be double bagged, then stored securely for 72 hours before being thrown away inside your usual black sack waste. You should not put this waste out with your usual rubbish for weekly collections until negative test results are known or the waste has been stored for at least 72 hours. Cleaning advice from GOV.UK

Clinical waste collections


We are not responsible for all clinical waste collections.

If you are under the care of the district nurse, then please contact the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NEFLT).

We will collect and dispose of clinical/healthcare waste in yellow bags for free.

Items such as surgical waste and used syringes can be collected in approved containers and sacks.

Please do not overfill yellow bags and ensure that they are securely tied.

Incontinence waste and sanitary products do not need to be collected as clinical waste.

They can be disposed of in normal black sack rubbish, as long as they are well-wrapped.

We cannot accept yellow boxes with purple lids or completely purple boxes. This is cytotoxic waste and must be returned to the hospital or care unit you are being treated by.

Apply for or cancel a clinical waste collection


We also provide a clinical waste collection service for businesses.

This costs £14 per bag or box.

To request this service please call 01708 432563

What item goes where guide

Not sure if something is a clinical collection or not? Use our 'what item goes where' search facility to get information about what to do with your unwanted items.

What item goes where recycling and waste guide

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