Recycling and waste

Bin collections

Bulky collections (Heavy Squad)

Harlow Council offers a bulky collection service if you want to dispose of any household items. More information on bulky collections

Green waste

You can have your garden waste collected by the Council or you can get composting. More information on Green Waste collections and composting

Christmas trees

Recycle your Christmas tree.

  • Real Christmas trees - book a collection (for composting) for January using the Green waste bagged collection service for just £2.10 a tree. Or if you are signed up for Green Waste Premium service (fortnightly collections) just put your real Christmas tree out next to your brown wheelie bin on your January collection day. All real trees are composted.More information on Green Waste collections and composting
  • Artificial Christmas tree - book a collection using the Bulky collection service. More information on bulky collections


You can recycle your unwanted clothes and shoes at any textile bank site in Harlow. More information on the Textile Bank Scheme

Reducing your waste

Waste that ends up at landfill adds to Harlow’s share of the Essex landfill tax bill. Council Tax payers end up footing the landfill tax bill, so recycling, re-using and reducing will help to keep costs down for everyone. More information on how to reduce your waste and energy

Recycling Centre for household waste (also known as the tip or dump)

The Harlow Recycling Centre for household waste at Temple Bank, Harlow, CM20 2DY is run by Essex County Council (ECC). More information and opening times

Clinical waste

Residents and healthcare professionals must be clear on how to dispose of their clinical waste including any infectious items and sharps, whether self-treating at home or by a healthcare professional. More information on clinical waste

Nappies and incontinence waste

Nappies and incontinence waste can be put into non-recycling containers (bins), but if you find this is not suitable, Harlow Council offers a separate nappy/incontinence waste collection. You can request an application form for this collection from Contact Harlow. Please note this does not replace Clinical Waste collections provided by the Health Authority.

Cloth nappies

Disposable nappies may seem to make life easier, but they create huge amounts of rubbish that can take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills. Switching to cloth nappies for all or part of the time can make a difference. A baby in disposables will need between 5,000 to 6,000 nappy changes in total, as opposed to 25 cloth nappies hanging on your washing line. Over 2.5 years the cost of disposable nappies soon adds up and you could save up to £1000 per baby by using cloth nappies. If you don’t want to wash them, you can join a nappy laundering service which will do it for you. For more information and how to claim £30 back against the purchase of any cloth nappies or laundering fees visit the Love Essex website.

Recycle Week

Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling, organised by WRAP. The aim of the week is to encourage the public to recycle more, by demonstrating the benefits of recycling items from all around the home. As a council, we use this week to increase awareness of recycling opportunities in the Harlow area. You can find out more about the week on the WRAP website