How does recycling in Westminster work?
Getting started with bags or bins
The first step is to choose whether to use bins or pre-paid bags for recycling.
If you have off-street storage space we strongly recommend you use one of our recycling bins. They are by far the best way to have your recycling collected. They come in big and small sizes depending on how much recycling you produce. Source segregated glass, paper/cardboard and food waste are normally not suitable to be collected in bags and as such are collected through dedicated bins. Just contact us to set up a collection agreement.
If you can’t store a recycling bin within your premises then please use the blue bags for mixed recycling. They are sold on a pre-paid basis so you only have to pay for what you actually use. The price of a blue bag pays to have it collected by the truck and for it to be sorted at the recycling facility; safely and to high standards that don’t harm the environment. No contract is required. Simply order the bags online or by phone, fill them with recycling and leave them out for collection at the scheduled time. Please see this link for further information on where the recycling we collect from you goes.
If you’re unsure as to whether your business should use pre-paid bags or bins, you can book a free of charge, no-obligation waste audit. Our local waste management expert will come to your premises at a time that suits you and provide you with advice on the services you should use.
Choosing your recycling services
We offer a range of recycling services including:
- Mixed recycling
- Paper and cardboard
- Glass recycling
- Food recycling
- Coffee cup recycling
- Other specialist and niche recycling services
We strongly recommend using segregated recycling services, it’s more cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
When you identify the services that you require you can get a quote from us to start a collection agreement, or order pre-paid mixed recycling bags. Please note – only certain materials can be placed into mixed recycling bags, find out more here.
We collect your recycling
If you are using blue mixed recycling bags, then you must leave these out at your street’s scheduled time, we will then collect these at no extra cost.
If you are using bins, then you can decide when your mixed recycling is collected. We can collect bins up to 3 times a day, 365 days a year.
Your recycling is recovered locally
Unlike other waste collectors who export recyclable materials, or travel across the country to dispose of it, almost all of the waste and recycling that we collect is disposed of in a facility local to Westminster. This means that as well as not having to travel into London to collect waste since we are already based in Westminster, we rarely have to travel out of London to dispose of the waste and recycling that we collect.
To see where we send each type of waste and recycling that we collect, click the button below.
Only clean non-contaminated materials can be recycled
Putting the wrong materials into the recycling can cause whole truckloads to be rejected. The most common contaminants found in recycling loads are black bags, food waste, food-soiled packaging, sanitary waste (e.g. paper towels, napkins etc), wood, polystyrene, hazardous waste such as batteries and paint, bulky items and electrical appliances. We can collect this waste as part of general waste or bulky waste collections.