Recycling in Harrow - Frequently Asked Questions

The first place to go with questions about recycling in Harrow is the Harrow Council recycling page. Here is some further information, provided by the council's waste policy officer in 2007. If your question is still not answered, please ask the council or let us know.

  1. Where can I recycle batteries?
  2. What type of plastic containers can be put in the Blue Bin?
  3. Must I remove lids from containers and bottles going into the Blue Bin?
  4. Must I wash all containers going into the Blue Bin?
  5. Must I remove plastic windows from envelopes going into the Blue Bin?
  6. Must I remove stickers and cellotape from cardboard going into the Blue Bin?
  7. Is glass in the Blue Bin causing paper to be rejected for recycling?
  8. When will recycling collection be available for all flats?
  9. Where can I recycle damaged clothes?

Where can I recycle batteries?

You can recycle household batteries and car batteries at the Waste, Reuse and Recycling Centre, Forward Drive, Wealdstone HA3 8NT.

What type of plastic containers can be put in the Blue Bin?

Any container made of rigid plastic.

Must I remove lids from containers and bottles going into the Blue Bin?

Yes. All lids should be removed from bottles and containers, but you can put the lids into the Blue Bin too.

Must I wash all containers going into the Blue Bin?

Washing is recommended, but mainly for hygiene reasons, and to reduce smell. The recycling process can cope with small amounts of food residue.

Must I remove plastic windows from envelopes going into the Blue Bin?

No. Plastic windows in envelopes are acceptable.

Must I remove stickers and tape from cardboard going into the Blue Bin?

No. Stickers and tape on cardboard are acceptable.

Is glass in the Blue Bin causing paper to be rejected for recycling?

The presence of glass in the Blue Bin affects the destination for the paper (it is less likely to go for reprocessing into newsprint) but it is still recycled.

When will recycling collection be available for all flats?

The council is aiming to complete the roll-out by 2009-2010.

Where can I recycle damaged clothes?

There are several choices for recycling clothing. You can take them to the Waste, Reuse and Recycling Centre, to various charity shops (many of which are listed in our Use Less Directory), or to a clothes bank. Several companies and charities also operate door-to-door collections.

The council and most charities, including door-to-door charities (but not necessarily door-to-door companies) use L M Barry, who separate the textiles by quality, and reuse or recycle as much as possible.

The charity TRAID also accept textiles, and reuse and recycle as much as possible. They have a shop at 324D Station Road, Harrow HA1 2DX.