Food, drinks and pet food cans can all be recycled in your mixed recycling bin at home, they can also be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Cardboard and card packaging
You can recycle this in your paper and card recycling bin at home. Card can also be taken to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. You can re-use large cardboard sheets in the garden as a weed suppressing mulch by covering them with compost. Shredded cardboard also makes great animal bedding.
Currently, we cannot recycle carpet and vinyl flooring at Household Waste Recycling Centres in north London, however you can dispose of them there.
Plastic carrier bags can be recycled within your household recycling collections in some boroughs. Check your borough's information to be sure. Please do not put any recyclables (including food) for collection at home in plastic bags. Single use carrier bags can also be recycled at most major supermarkets. You can re-use them by keeping a stash of bags in your car boot or one in your handbag.
Important: You can say ‘no’ to unwanted plastic carrier bags and use a bag for life instead. Bags for life are readily available at most supermarkets and large chain stores, they come in a variety of styles and designs and can be used over and over again.
Cat litter cannot be recycled or composted so put it in your general waste (non recyclable) bin at home.
Catalogues can be recycled in your paper and card recycling bin at your home. They can also be recycled at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.
You can donate CDs for re-use at your local charity shop, and some charities run recycling programmes for CDs too. Alternatively, CDs in good condition can be put in the media banks at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.
The City of London operates a household hazardous waste collection and disposal service for residents on behalf of most of the London Boroughs. They collect wrapped asbestos and boxed chemicals including paint only.
Important: You should ensure that container lids are secured, and if possible, that containers have a label.
Christmas trees (real)
Recycle your real Christmas tree at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Your Christmas tree can also be chopped up and recycled via your kerbside garden and food recycling collection service, if you have one available (check with your local council about what services they provide).
Clinical waste is mainly produced by hospitals, doctors' surgeries and veterinary practices, but also arises from residential homes, nursing homes and private households.
If you are a resident treating yourself at home and have either syringes, sharps and needles (of any kind) or swabs, soiled dressings or similar soiled wastes you should seek advice from your GP, doctor's surgery or local council about free collections.
Important: There are companies that offer services for commercial premises. Please see the waste disposal services section of the Yellow Pages or yell.com for more information.
Household Waste Recycling Centres provide textile banks where people can deposit their unwanted clothes, sheets and pairs of shoes. Around 80% of these items are re-used and 20% recycled.
Clothing in good condition can also be taken to charity shops or taken or local jumble sales. For more information on clothing visit our clothing page.
You should leave unwanted coat hangers at the shop when you buy items as they cannot be recycled in north London. Otherwise you can take them to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Foreign coins and out of date British currency can be taken to your local charity shop. Many banks will collect them too - ask your local branch for details.
Any property that is commercially rated must pay for the removal of their waste by a licensed waste carrier. You can either ask your local council or a private waste disposal/recycling company to collect it or take it to a private waste disposal/recycling facility yourself. Check out our business pages for more information
Getting a home compost bin is an easy, low-cost way to dispose of organic kitchen and garden waste. Compost bins can also be bought from garden centres and DIY stores.
Composting is an excellent way to recycle garden and kitchen waste. You can make your own compost to make your garden flourish.
Why not ask your local school if they would like a computer donated to them. Alternatively you could try donateapc.org.uk or computersforcharities.co.uk. Be sure to clear your hard drive, etc. before donating your computer. Otherwise you can take your computer to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.
Your local re-use group may be able to refurbish your old and worn out cooker to give it a new lease of life for a new home. See our re-use pages for more details. They can also be recycled at Household Waste Recycling Centres.
These can not be recycled as they are made from a combination of metal and plastic. You should put them in your general waste bin.