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Bin collections

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Our bin crews collect your:

Bin collection dates are different for residents who live in flats. If you live in a flat, more information can be found on our bins for residents of flats page.

When is my bin day?

Our bin crews work on a route system so bin days vary depending on where you live in the borough.

To find out when your bin day is, you can enter your address on our bins page.

If you wanted to print out your bin schedule, you can enter your address on our bin calendar page.

What happens on my bin day?

We recommend that you put your bins out no later than 6am on the morning of your bin day. Most residents prefer to put their bins out the night before their bin day.

To make sure your bin is not missed by our bin crews, you should put your bins as close as possible to the public footpath.

Please make sure that you do not place your bins where it can cause an obstruction to pedestrians.

When might the bin crews not collect my bins?

Unfortunately, some bin collections are not successful for a variety of reasons.

The bins are not placed in the right location

Our bin crews might not collect your bins if they are not placed in an easy to access location.

If you find it difficult to move your bins each week, you can apply for our assisted waste removal service.

The wrong waste is put in the wrong bin type

Our bin crews may also not collect your bins if they are contaminated with the wrong type of waste.

For example, putting food leftovers in the Recycling waste bin.

To find out what waste goes in each bin type, select a bin type below:

The wrong bins are put out on the wrong week

Our bin crews will not collect your bins if the wrong bin types are put out on the wrong collection week.

To make sure this doesn't happen to you, you can enter your address on our bin collection schedule page.

There is too much waste in or around your bin

Our bin crews will not collect your bins if there is too much waste in your bin causing the lid to remain open.

They may not collect your bin if there is extra waste on or around your bins.

If you want to order an extra bin, visit our order a new bin page. You can also take any extra waste to the Harrow Recycling Centre in Wealdstone.

If your waste is too big to take to the recycling centre or fit into a bin, you can visit our bulky waste collection page.

Missing or damaged bins

Our bin crews do their best to return your bins where they found them. Sometimes your bins can be misplaced by accident, either by a crew member or by a neighbour.

To help prevent your bins from going missing, you can put your door number on your bin.

Sometimes your bin can fall into the waste truck whilst it's being emptied. If this happens, our bin crews will report this, post a note through your door and order a new bin for you free of charge.

To find out more about repairs to damaged bins, see our repair a damaged bin page.

Are you a new Harrow resident and need new bins?

If you moved or are moving into a new build property, your property should have Household bins. The property developer usually orders bins for new build properties.

If you are moving into an older or existing property, you will need to order new bins.

This is because when a resident moves home, they often choose to take their bins with them or remove them.

Christmas and New Year bin collections

Due to the holidays, your bins will likely be collected on a different day than your usual bin collection day.

Christmas week collections (Monday 27th to Friday 31st December)

  • If your bin collection day is usually on a Monday, your bins will be collected on Wednesday 29th December.
  • If your bin collection day is usually on a Tuesday, your bins will be collected on either Wednesday 29th or Thursday 30th December.
  • If your bin collection day is usually on a Wednesday, your bins will be collected on Thursday 30th December.
  • If your bin collection day is usually on a Thursday, your bins will be collected on either Thursday 30th or Friday 31st December.
  • If your bin collection day is usually on a Friday, your bins will be collected on Friday 31st December.

New Year week collections (Monday 3rd to Saturday 8th January)

  • If your bin collection day is usually on a Monday, your bins will be collected on Tuesday 4th January.
  • If your bin collection day is usually on a Tuesday, your bins will be collected on Wednesday 5th January.
  • If your bin collection day is usually on a Wednesday, your bins will be collected on Thursday 6th January.
  • If your bin collection day is usually on a Thursday, your bins will be collected on Friday 7th January.
  • If your bin collection day is usually on a Friday, your bins will be collected on Saturday 8th January.

If your bin collection day could be one of two days, please leave your bins out on both days to ensure that they are collected.

There will not be any Garden waste collections between Monday 27th December and Friday 7th January.

Food waste collections during the Christmas week will run a week later than normal.

Any excess waste that you might have including plastics and oversized Christmas trees can be taken to the Harrow Recycling Centre.