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Rubbish collection and recycling

Getting rid of rubbish

Veolia Environmental Services in Haringey collects rubbish and recycling  every week from our estates

Find out what day your rubbish is collected (link to Veolia Environmental Services)

Bulky waste items - contact us

For any queries about the disposal of rubbish or to get rid of large items please email:, or call the Contact Centre on 020 8489 5611 who will get in touch with your local Estate Services Team Leader.  He or she will be able to make the necessary arrangements.

Recycling and Rubbish – guidance

Dry waste: glass bottles, plastic bottles, plastic pots, tubs, trays, bags and bottles and containers, paper, aluminium cans and cardboard can be recycled.  Please recycle as much as you can by putting recyclable materials into the recycling containers outside your block. Please rinse all empty food cans or food containers. Don’t put these items in plastic bin bags. If you do they won’t be recycled and  the presence of black bags or non recyclable waste in a recycling bin will  contaminate the bin and prevent the rest of the contents from being recycled.

Food waste: Recycle as much food waste as possible using the special compostable food caddy liners putting them in the food waste recycling containers outside the block. More liners can be obtained free of charge from your local library  or a customer service centre by showing the staff proof of your address. No other type of bag can be used for this type of recycling or the bin will be contaminated and prevent the rest of the contents from being recycled.

Non-recyclable rubbish

  • Only non-recyclable household waste should be put in black refuse bags and placed inside the large rubbish bins outside your block. Small bags can be put down the refuse chutes. All refuse bags must be untorn and properly tied up.

  • You can put items of kitchenware, crockery and small electrical appliances (including irons, kettles and so on) in black plastic bags for general waste collection. Another option is to take them to the Recycling Centre for free – please see the section about this below.

  • You must not leave general refuse bags anywhere except in the refuse bins or we will take action against you.

Bulky items

Most large bulky items can be disposed of at no charge but they must not just be left by the refuse bins.  Please speak to us or email us – see ‘Contact us’ above.  If you put out a large bulky item without our agreement then we will take action against you. Typical bulky items which Veolia (Haringey Council’s waste disposal service) will collect from us are:

  • Beds and bed frames
  • Bedside cabinets
  • Bookcases
  • Car batteries
  • Chairs
  • Computers/ PCs
  • Computer monitors
  • Cookers
  • Bicycles
  • Carpets
  • Dishwashers
  • Doors
  • Freezers
  • Microwaves
  • Mattresses
  • Ovens
  • Sofas
  • Tables
  • Tyres
  • TVs
  • Tumble driers
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Wardrobes
  • Washing machines

If there is no bulky waste collection service on your estate, or you do not live on an estate, you can call Veolia Environmental Services on 020 8885 7700 to arrange to have your bulky waste collected. There is a £25 fee for the removal of up to four bulky items. More information is available on the council's bulky waste page.

Specialist items

The following types of rubbish must not be disposed of through the estate waste collection:

  • We can arrange for the disposal of gas cylinders (empty) at no charge, but this has to be done separately – please phone or email us.
  • Building waste, scrap metal, wood, timber, hardcore, masonry, tiles, rubble, oil and paint cannot be disposed of through the estate waste collection service. These need to be taken to your nearest recycling centre.

Recycling centres (North London Waste Authority)

The nearest centre is at Park View Road, Tottenham N17 9AY, 020 8884 5613. Open Monday to Friday: 8.30 am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 4pm (the entrance is next to Downlands Park). It is for the use of residents only. The other centre is at Western Road, Wood Green, N22 (off Coburg Road). Full details are provided on the Council’s reuse and recycling centres webpage (external link)

When visiting a centre it is advisable to take proof of residency with you in case you are asked to show this to the centre staff, for example when disposing of large quantities of waste. 

Asbestos, solvents and pesticides – the recycling centres cannot accept this type of waste. To arrange for a collection of these items please see the Corporation of London’s website ( or phone them on 020 7606 3030.


Tenants and leaseholders may undertake some internal alterations or improvements with our permission.  No such alterations or improvements should commence until final approval has been given in writing. Tenants should email us or speak to their Tenancy Management Officer (find Tenancy Management Officer details in the Operations staff list on our Contacts page). Leaseholders should email the Home Ownership Team: and also read our home improvements page.

If you carry out this type of work you must make your own arrangements for the proper disposal of any building waste material. You can take it to the Recycling Centre above at no charge.

If a builder carries out the work for you, you must ensure that he uses an authorised waste disposal firm otherwise you may be held liable for any irregularity. Contractors can pay to dispose of building waste at the Recycling Centres. Building waste must not be placed at any time in the passages, walkways, the bin areas or in any other communal area.

Thank you for your co-operation. For more information on waste collection and recycling please email:, or call the Contact Centre on 020 8489 5611.


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Page Last Updated:

12 July 2018