Keeping Poplar clean and green

Household waste

For information on the collection of household waste please visit the Tower Hamlets website.


Poplar HARCA encourages residents to minimise their waste as much as possible by making use of Tower Hamlets Council's recycling facilities.

Dry recyclables (pink bag scheme): glass jars/bottles, food and drink cartons, plastic bottles, plastic pots and trays, aerosols, paper/card and tins/cans can all be recycled. These are to be placed in clear sacks (never in black sacks) and either left out for door-step collection (from houses or street properties) or in designated purple bins on estates.If you have a bin you can also empty recyclable materials directly into bins without putting them in a sack.

Food waste (peelings, raw and cooked scraps) can be saved in special kitchen caddies and then either collected from doorsteps (houses, some larger tower blocks: in which case special buckets are provided for this purpose) or placed in designated brown wheelie-bins on estates. The correct starch liners provided by the Council for this scheme MUST be used and never any other type of bag.

Garden Waste: those with gardens can either opt to join the garden waste collection scheme in which case special bins and/or bags are available from the Council or can compost green waste themselves by applying for a compost bin or wormery.

Large or bulky item removal: If you have unwanted furniture which is still in good condition you can donate it to Homestore. To arrange a free collection call 020 8519 6264 or email . 

Each household in Tower Hamlets is entitled to two free collections per year with up to five items taken away per collection by the Council. For further information check the large item removal page of the Tower Hamlets Council website.

Reuse and Recycling Centre: A wide range of household items incoluding garden waste, mattresses, furniture and electrical applicances can be recycled at Tower Hamlets Council's Reuse and Recycling centre on Yabsley Street (E14). 


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