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Aerosols

Aerosols can be recycled with your mixed recycling. Make sure they’re empty and put them in your blue recycling bag or recycling bin for collection.

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Air conditioner filters

Need to be disposed of as general waste and cannot be recycled. Please present them in your general waste bin or leave them out with your red residual waste bags with a cardboard sticker attached.

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Air Conditioners

Require specialist handling via the bulky waste collection service. Please book via 020 7641 6180 Also see electrical waste.

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Ammunition

Must never be presented for the general waste and/or recycling collection. Please follow this link for more information on disposing of ammunition. 

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Archiving

Paper files from your archives which require disposal can be recycled through our recycling service. Place them in your blue bag/bin for collection.  Also see Paper and Lever Arches. Confidential Waste can be destroyed via our security shredding service.

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Asbestos

Asbestos is hazardous waste and must never be presented for the general waste or recycling collections. It is dangerous to health and requires specialist packaging, collection and disposal. The Health & Safety Executive has more information available via this link. If you require asbestos removed or collected please visit the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) …Read more

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Ash

Ash should be left to cool down completely and then disposed of as general waste. Please ensure it is bagged appropriately so it won’t spread dust during the collection process. Never dispose of it in road side drains since they’ll get blocked.

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Bakery crates

Plastic bakery crates are taken back by their provider – visit: BakersBasco, email: recovery@bakersbasco.co.uk or phone: 0800 0327323

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Bank Holidays

Commercial waste and recycling collection arrangements do not change for bank holidays including Christmas Day.

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Bath or bathroom fixtures

For bathroom fixtures such as sinks, cisterns, WCs/toilets, baths, tiles and plumbing please see bulky waste and also furniture.

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Battery

Batteries: Westminster businesses can recycle small volumes of batteries at local libraries and the mobile recycling centre. In addition high street retailers that sell batteries such as Boots, Tesco, Sainsbury and Ryness also accept batteries for recycling. Larger volumes of batteries can be collected via the bulky waste service (020 7641 6180) Instead of buying disposable …Read more

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Bedding: duvets and pillows

If these are clean and in a near new condition, some charity shops will accept them.  Alternatively, take them to one of our textile banks. In order to maintain hygiene, the re-use acceptance conditions for bedding and duvet are very strict. Unusable duvets and pillows must be disposed of as general waste via the red bags/ general waste containers. …Read more

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Beds and bed frames

Please see bulky waste Also see duvets and pillows Also see mattresses 

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Bin liners

Do not present your commercial waste/recycling in black bags but use the official red and blue bags. Please also see fly-tipping 

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Blue recycling bags

Please order blue (mixed) recycling bags for businesses via this link or phone 020 7641 6180 Please note that enquiries from residents cannot be dealt with here. Please follow this link instead.

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Books

Small volumes of books in good condition can be donated to the many charity shops around Westminster or you could try using a site like www.readitswapit.co.uk or www.bookmooch.com where you can swap your old books for someone else’s. There are 10 bins for books in Westminster at the following locations: Paddington Street , (Outside Paddington …Read more

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Bottles

Glass bottles are one of the only items which can be recycled indefinitely. Please see glass.

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Bottles and jars

Bottles and jars can be recycled. Large volumes of glass from hospitality businesses can be collected separately for recycling. We can supply you with a range of bins for this. Smaller volumes of glass can be put in your blue recycling bag or recycling bin for collection. Please rinse before recycling and remove bottle tops …Read more

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Boxes

See cardboard

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Bricks

See construction & demolition waste

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Bubblewrap

Bubblewrap can’t be recycled at the moment but it can be easily reused to wrap up valuables which are going in storage or being posted. If you cannot reuse it put it in with your rubbish in the red bag or general waste bin.

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Builders waste

Please see construction & demolition waste.

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Bulbs

See Light bulbs

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Bulky commercial waste

A single small combustible item such as a chair, pedestal, crate, pallet etc. can be collected via the general rubbish collection service provided a whole cardboard sticker is attached to the item or its placed in your general waste bin. Larger volumes and bigger items require a bulky waste collection which are competitively priced and paid …Read more

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Cables

Cables, wiring and cabling from appliances is classed as waste electrical and electronic equipment. It should never be presented as recycling or put in the general waste. Please see electrical waste for further information on its disposal.

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Candles and tealights

Candles and tea lights are general waste, please do not dispose of  them in your recycling.

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Cans and Tins

Cans and tins can be recycled. Just put them in your blue recycling bag or mixed recycling bin for collection.

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Cardboard box/ boxes

All cardboard boxes are recyclable. Flat pack boxes and present in a tied bundle of 15 boxes with a cardboard sticker attached. These stickers can be ordered online. If you have very large cardboard boxes please cut them to a more manageable size and present them for collection as explained above. You can also hire …Read more

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Carpets

We cannot take carpets and carpet tiles for recycling. Please do not leave them out with your normal rubbish for collection as you could be fined. Call the Commercial Waste Line to arrange a bulk waste collection on 020 7641 6180

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Cartons

Beverage cartons can be recycled. Just put them in your blue recycling bag or mixed recycling bin for collection.

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Cartridges

See printer cartridges

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Catering waste

See food waste

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CDs

See Videos, CDs and DVDs.

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Ceramic Tiles

Please see construction and demolition waste.

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Chest of drawers

Please see bulky waste and also furniture.

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China plates and ornaments

If these are unbroken, you can donate these to a charity shop. Otherwise please put these in your red general waste bag or bin as they cannot be recycled.

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Chopsticks

Wooden and plastic chopsticks are not recyclable and go in the general waste (red bags or general waste container) which go for energy from waste recovery.

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Christmas tree

After Christmas, you can recycle your tree for free by taking it to one of our collection sites. Alternatively, small trees (under 2 meter/ 7 foot) can be presented with the yellow sticker as part of the normal refuse collection service. They can also be placed in your general waste bin. We also offer a …Read more

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Cigarettes and cigarette ends

Cigarette ends can be collected for recycling via this independent recycling scheme.  If you don’t want to use this scheme then please throw them in your general waste bin. If you require cigarettes securely destroyed then please follow this link. 

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Civic Amenity Sites

See Recycling Centres

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Clingfilm

Sorry, we can’t collect clingfilm for recycling. Reduce the amount of clingfilm you use by storing food in sealable plastic containers. Also see: plastic film

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Clinical waste

Clinical waste like syringes, needles, bandages, medication etc from clinics and health centres should never be disposed in the same way as general commercial waste. Apart from the obvious risks that this type of waste poses to public health, clinical waste presents a significant hazard to staff handling waste and recyclable materials.  If you require …Read more

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Clothes

See textiles

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Clothes, coat and wire hangers

Coat, clothes and wire hangers should never be put into the mixed recycling.   They will jam sorting machinery and conveyors at the MRF which separates mixed recycling. Coat and clothes hangers are also made of materials like molded polystyrene, polypropylene or wood which can’t be recycled. That’s why all types of  hangers are general waste and go in the red waste …Read more

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Coffee Cups

Most coffee cups cannot currently be recycled as they can cause problems with our sorting machines and contaminate the paper stream. Why not reduce the number of coffee cups you use by using a reusable coffee cup or mug. Coffee cups belong in the red general waste or bin.

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Commercial Waste Disposal – Our London A to Z

For the launch of our Commercial Waste website for Westminster City Council in January 2014, we introduced a new feature – a commercial waste disposal A-to-Z. The idea was to provide an easy-to-search list of items that businesses wanted to dispose of or recycle, but didn’t know how to go about it. The A-to-Z list …Read more

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Compostable waste

See food waste

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Computers

Computers, phones, printers and other IT equipment can be taken to one of our small appliances recycling bins provided they fit through the aperture of the bin.  You can also order a bulky collections via 020 7641 6180  See electrical waste for details. Old-style CRT computer monitors are classified as hazardous waste. See electrical waste for …Read more

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