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: Food can be bagged in the relevant starch liners and can be disposed of in your general waste bins where there are no specific food waste bins. The food waste will then be separated from the general waste after it arrives at the waste disposal/recycling facility.

Starch liners will be made available every Wednesday and Saturday from any Idea Store, Cubitt Town Library and Bethnal Green Library. Residents will be able to collect a roll of starch liner bags by showing proof of their address such as a utility bill, council tax bill, bank statement or driving licence. 

Please see below information on what food waste can be placed inside the starch liners

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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