Living in the London Borough of Croydon could have you wondering what to do with your rubbish and recycling, especially if you’ve only recently moved into the area. You may be in need of a comprehensive guide on how to recycle your items, and what rubbish can go in your bins… Luckily, we’re here to provide you with just that! Keep reading for information on rubbish and recycling in the London Borough of Croydon.

Non-recyclable waste – Grey lidded bins

All waste and rubbish that is non-recyclable must go in your bin with a grey lid. The rubbish must be placed in this bin within a black sack, ensuring there are no loose items. These bins are collected once every two weeks from the front of your property in Croydon (the bin needs to be left there by 6am on collection day – check when yours is on the Croydon Council website).

The waste that is permitted within these bins are as follows:

  • Cold ash from fires
  • Cardboard that is soiled with food
  • Plastic bags and film
  • Polystyrene
  • Disposable nappies
  • Any other waste that cannot be place in your recycling bin

The items that cannot be placed in this bin include food waste, textiles, electricals, garden waste items, and any hazardous chemicals.

Recyclable waste – Blue and grey lidded bins

Your recyclable waste will be collected from your blue and grey lidded wheelie bins or recycling boxes. The waste from your Croydon home must be separated into two bins, one for paper and one for plastic.

Paper recycling: blue bin

All your paper and card-based recycling items will go in your blue lidded recycling box. This will mean items such as:

  • Paper
  • Card
  • Cardboard
  • Envelopes and greeting cards
  • Wrapping paper (as long as it doesn’t have foil)
  • Shredded paper

It’s important that these items are dry and haven’t been contaminated by food. For example, a cardboard box cannot go in this box if it has leftover food on it.

Plastic recycling: grey bin

Your plastic and glass waste should go within your grey lidded recycling bin. These items should be free from any food or dirt and should be clean. They can include:

  • Cartons (such as from milk, soup, or juice)
  • Mixed glass (bottles and jars)
  • Tins and cans (from drinks, pet food, food tins, and cooking foil)
  • Plastic (bottles and caps, punnets from fruit, and food trays)

If you need to find out when your bins are due to be collected, you can enter your address into the Croydon Council website and find out about your area.

Food waste – caddy bins

Food waste should be put in the caddies that you will be supplied with. These caddies are for the inside of your Croydon home, and you will be given a larger bin to put the full contents of your caddy in throughout the week. You should line your caddy with the liners provided or with newspaper. A lot of food waste can be composted at home and can be used for gardening. If this interests you, consider composting food and using your caddy less. The rest of your food waste can go into your disposal, such as:

  • Meat and fish
  • Bones, fat, and gristle
  • Rice, pasta, beans, and cereals
  • Tea bags and coffee grounds
  • Vegetable peelings

When you put your larger bin out for collection in Croydon (check your collection day!), ensure that the lock is placed on it. This will ensure that no animals can get into the contents, making a mess that nobody wants to clean up.

Reuse and recycle centres in Croydon

To dispose of the waste that you cannot put in your recycling bin or your general waste bin, you should go to a reuse and recycle centre. In Croydon, there are three main sites. Here, you can dispose of household waste, garden waste, electrical goods, and some bulky waste items. There is a full range of materials you can recycle at these centres. You’ll find them at the following locations:

  • Factory Lane, West Croydon, CR0 3RL
  • Fishers Farm, North Downs Road, New Addington, CR0 0LB
  • Purley Oaks, Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR8 2BG

A reuse and recycle centre will ensure that all items that can be recycled are, rather than going into landfill and damaging our environment.

Bulky waste items

Disposing of large items that you no longer need in your Croydon home can seem tricky. This is where Junk Taxi can assist you. Our bulky waste collection service in Croydon can rid your home easily of the large items you no longer need, and dispose of them responsibly. Same day or next day collection is available – you can have a clear home in no time.

If you are in Croydon and you require rubbish removal services, Junk Taxi is the company for you. Our services are efficient and are tailored to you. To enquire about what we can do for you, give us a call on 020 3092 2961 or email

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Call 020 3092 2961 to discuss your requirements with a member of our team. Alternatively, email We’ll ensure that your rubbish, waste, or unwanted items are collected promptly and professionally.