Refuse and recycling collection 2023/24

This service is available for Academies and Maintained schools


Our service involves collection of refuse and recycling from schools, normally once a week, and disposal of the collected refuse.

Financial year 2023/24

The council only charge for collection, the ultimate disposal or reprocessing is provided free of charge.

Additional / buy back services 
  • Weekly refuse and recycling collection
  • Repair and replacement of bins
  • Additional collections
  • Additional bins

Recycling bins

Schools can request recycling bins for the following materials to be recycled:

  • Paper, magazines, office paper, letters, newspapers
  • Cardboard
  • Cans, tins, foil
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles, pots, tubs, trays

If you are currently using the service and wish to make changes to the number of recycling bins you are using then please contact us at

Food waste service

Includes cooked, raw, plate scrapings, dairy, bones, meat, vegetables, pasta, rice and bread.

Schools can access a weekly food waste service at no additional cost. Schools may choose to order compostable liners or use the bins provided without the liners.

Rolls of 25 compostable bags can be purchased for:

  • £8 through your order form for the next financial year
  • £10 at any other time.
Office hours:

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Planned improvements:

Ongoing process of continued service improvement.


Commercial waste and recycling, street services, environment and leisure.

Additional contact information 

Contact centre, customer engagement, 020 8825 6000.

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Last updated: 18 Jan 2024