Reduce your waste

Redbridge collects the 5th highest amount of waste in the UK. Reducing waste will help fight Climate Change and improve the streets of our local community. Humans are the problem but they’re also the solution. That’s why we’re asking you to do your bit as a resident to reduce waste. We believe taking small steps can make a big difference.

Here are some things you can do today to reduce your waste and save money too:

Recycle your waste

We provide a recycling service for all kerbside properties across the borough. You can recycle card, paper, mixed glass, cans and plastic bottles. For more details about our recycling service and to order boxes visit our recycling web page.

Where possible, we provide recycling services to flats via large bins for card, paper, mixed glass, cans and plastic bottles. If you don’t have recycling facilities or have any queries visit the flat recycling web page.

There are many recycling sites across the borough. Use the map to find your nearest recycling site. This service can be used by all residents including those in flats above shops who do not have a recycling service. Many supermarkets have their own recycling sites that you can use.

Batteries cannot be disposed of in your normal household rubbish. All libraries in Redbridge have battery recycling points and so do many large supermarkets.

Chigwell Road Tip provides recycling facilities for many things from cooking oil to furniture.

Love food hate waste

The Love Food, Hate Waste is a campaign that provides practical tools to help you plan your meals, shop more wisely and cook more creatively. On average a family of four can save around £70 each month if they turned less food into rubbish!

Join our digital workshop

On Tuesday 18 May at 12:30 pm to find out facts, tips and tricks to make the most of the food we buy and eat from planning through to cooking and storing.

Compost at home

Composting is nature's process of recycling kitchen and garden waste into valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. By composting, you can reduce your rubbish by at least 30% and that means less waste rotting in landfill. To learn more about the dos and don’ts of compositing visit the composting web page.

Join our digital workshop

On Tuesday 4 May at 12:30 pm to find out how to make compost at home. Easier than you might think...recycle all your fresh veg and fruit peeling and be amazed by what they'll turn in to in a simple compost bin.

Try Real Nappies

We’re currently offering a ‘real nappy’ trial pack, worth over £25, for just £5 to residents with children under 18 months (limit of one pack per child). 'Real nappies' are modern washable nappies which are a brilliant alternative to disposable nappies with many benefits for parents, babies and our planet. You can save up to £500 per baby per year.

Join our real nappy chat

We are hosting two virtual nappy chats for parents and parents to be to find out more about the wonderful world of cloth nappies and the Redbridge trial pack scheme. Register to join at 10am on 20 April 2021 or 1pm on 22 April 2021.

Love your clothes

The Love Your Clothes campaign exists to reduce the impact of clothes on the environment. It is working to help change the way UK consumers buy, use and dispose of their clothing. With an estimated 300,000 tonnes of used clothing going to landfill in the UK, we’re encouraging residents to reconsider their habit. Why not explore, the Love Your Clothes website and dispose of your clothes at your local textile bank?

On Tuesday 27 April at 12:30 pm to find out how to sew on a button and more about caring for your clothes to get the best life and look out for them so they last longer. Get and share ideas on how to source and dispose of clothes ethically. This workshop has sold out. We will add a new date soon. 

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