Recycling in Hillingdon

We are committed to recycling as much of our resident's waste as possible by providing free and easy-to-use weekly collections.

Dry mixed recycling

In Hillingdon, you can recycle paper, cardboard, glass and plastics every week for free - and it all goes in the same clear recycling bag.

30 March: We did not manage to collect the clear dry mixed recycling bags from some roads in the north of the borough today. If we have missed your road you do not need to report a missed collection. Please leave your recycling at the edge of your property and we will be back to collect it tomorrow. We are seeing a significant increase in the quantity of waste and recycling at this time and our crews are working hard to clear this as soon as possible.

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Items accepted through this service

  • Aerosol cans (do not pierce or squash them and only put out once empty)
  • Aluminium foil, including clean foil trays and containers
  • Books (hard or plastic covers should be removed and disposed of as general waste)
  • Butter and margarine tubs
  • Cardboard and paper, including printing paper, newspapers, catalogues, envelopes, magazines, junk mail, greeting cards and wrapping paper (that do not contain foil or glitter), shredded paper (a carrier bag amount is a good guideline) 
  • Recycling – dry recyclingCartons made from paper and cardboard
  • Drink cans and food tins
  • Egg boxes made from cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Metal bottle tops and jar lids
  • Plastics, including bottles, trays, bottle tops, triggers from household cleaners, shampoo bottles, shower gel bottles and those that include any of these symbols: 1 = PET, 2 = HDPE, 4 = LDPE

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Instructions for collection

  • All recycling should be placed in the clear recycling bags provided.
  • All dry recyclables can be mixed into the same bag -there is no need to sort different materials into separate bags.
  • You can put out as many recycling bags for collection as you wish.​​​​​


  • If you have any big cardboard items, please flatten and put these underneath your tied recycling bags.
  • Keep all of your recycling bags within your property boundary until collection day.
  • On your collection day, leave your tied recycling sacks at the end of your property boundary before 6am.
  • If you do not have a front garden, leave the tied sacks on the pavement no earlier than 5.30pm the evening before collection day.


  • If you live in a flat, we will provide you with a reusable recycling bag, which should be emptied into your block's big recycling bin, ahead of your collection day.
Page last updated: 30 Mar 2020