Online services maintenance on Sunday 24 September 2023

Between 8am and 7pm on Sunday 24 September a number of online systems such as your Council Tax account, planning searches, committee meeting papers and the My Havering account area will be unavailable because of essential maintenance. A number of our online forms will also be unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Waste collections - 22 September 2023

Some waste collections on 22 September 2023 will have their black sacks collected first and orange sacks collected later. There may also be some delays to garden waste collections.

Countdown to new waste contract

Urbaser Ltd will take over the running of our rubbish and recycling on 22 October 2023. Read our news item about the new contract

Recycling batteries and electronics

Recycle batteries

Batteries are a particularly hazardous waste so it is very important to recycle them and not put them in the rubbish (black sack).

Put your batteries in a small clear carrier or sandwich bag and leave it by your black rubbish and orange recycling sacks on your collection day. These will be collected and kept separate for recycling.

Please note: This service is not available to residents living in flats that put their rubbish in communal bins.

Alternatively, you can take your household batteries to Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre in Upminster, local supermarkets or large stores.Use the Recycling Locator to find a recycling location near you.  

The following batteries are only accepted at Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre and not through the kerbside collections:

  • lithium batteries
  • batteries with trailing wires
  • corroded batteries
  • car or industrial batteries (please take those to Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre)
  • damaged batteries

Recycle your small electrical items

Some waste electrical items contain materials which are hazardous such as cadmium, lead and mercury. Therefore it is really important to collect waste electrical items separately and recycle them rather then put them in the rubbish (black sack).

Put your small waste electrical items into a clear or open carrier bag (so we can see what’s inside) and place it next to your orange recycling sack on your day of collection.

In the bag placed by your orange sack you can recycle:

  • small kitchen appliances (such as kettles, toasters, irons)
  • hair dryers, straighteners and clippers
  • clocks, watches, calculators and torches
  • remote controls, mobile phones, cameras and chargers
  • phone and laptop batteries
  • radios, mini hi-fis, CD and MP3 players
  • small electronic toys (such as remote control cars)
  • hand power tools, smoke detectors and thermostats

You can recycle your larger electrical items by taking them to Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre in Upminster, or by booking a bulky waste collection.

Restart your electronics

Even better than recycling is to repair and reuse your electrical items. We run a series of Havering Restarter Workshops where you get the opportunity to fix your waste electrical items for free. Contact us for more information

Other items

For other items why not check our recycling locator. You can enter specific items to see where you can recycle them.

Find out where else you can recycle items

Still not sure? 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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