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's my bin day?

Enter your address at the top of our Bins, Waste and Recycling page to:

  • view your bin days
  • download your annual bin collection calendar to your phone
  • report a missed bin collection
  • order a new bin or extra waste bags
  • report a bin repair
  • subscribe to a Garden waste service, and more.

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 your bins don't 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 won't 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 might not collect your bins if they are contaminated with the wrong type of waste. For example, food waste in the recycling waste bin is classed as a contaminated 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, see 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, then 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.