Recycling collection

Christmas Tree Collections


Once the festivities are over we’ll collect real Christmas trees, for FREE, for recycling.
To ensure collection:

• Leave your tree at the boundary of your property by 6am on 9 January.
• Remove all decorations.
• Ensure your tree is clearly visible.


Please leave your tree in a communal bin area if you live in a flat.

Recycling boxes

From January 2023, recycling boxes are available only on the first Wednesday of every month, up to April 2023. Supply of boxes is limited on the day, so it will be a first come, first served basis.

Please note that collections are from Ley Street Depot at 531 Ley Street Ilford IG2 7QZ on the following days only, between 10am and 2pm. There is no on site parking available.

  • Wednesday 4th January
  • Wednesday 1st February
  • Wednesday 1st March

Information for April 2023 onwards, will be announced at a later date.

  • You will need proof of residence and boxes will need to be signed for
  • Please note that any abuse to the gatehouse staff will not be tolerated

You can also order a box to be delivered for a small charge of £3.50 per delivery.


Order a recycle box

Check your collection day

We offer kerbside recycling collection on the same day as your normal bin collection. 

Check your day of collection


Presenting your recycling

Place your recycling black recycling boxes that we provide (or blue boxes if you still have them).  Boxes should be left just within the boundary of your property by 6am on the day of collection.

Cardboard must be flattened and presented inside your existing recycling box.  It may be necessary to cut larger items up to ensure they fit in the box.  

Your recycling can also be presented in clear sacks or cardboard boxes (not black sacks) while we wait for delivery.


What goes in your recycling boxes?

Please ensure your recycling is completely free from food, rinsed and squashed to save space in your box. 

Box 1:

  • Food tins, drinks cans
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles
  • Clean plastic pots, tubs and trays (rinsed, no food, no black plastic)
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Clean aluminium foil, including foil trays (rinsed, no food, scrunch small pieces)

Box 2:

  • Paper
  • Envelopes (including windows)
  • Thin card
  • Thick card (ensure this is folded or cut to fit inside your recycling box)


Please see table below for a full list of what you can and can't recycle in Redbridge. Want to know more about our service? Find out the technical details of waste and recycling in the borough, including what happens to your refuse with our in depth guide.

What I can recycle in Redbridge

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