Recycling and waste collection days

As well as every other week green box or black box recycling, batteries, small electricals, clothes and textiles will be collected weekly, to help support more efficient and reliable recycling and waste collections and improved recycling.

Your questions answered

What has changed?

For most Bromley households, the collection day changed from 16 September and for some, the week changed too. This means that as you change to a different schedule, you may find that the same material / items might be collected at first, although the cycle remains  the same with food waste and plastic, glass and tins recycling one week, and food waste, paper recycling and non-recyclable refuse the next. If you subscribe to our garden waste collection service, this collection day will not change.

Also, many households can recycle batteries, small electrical items and textiles, including clothing as part of their door to door recycling services.

Why have collection days / schedules changed? 

To help support more efficient and reliable recycling and waste collection services and make our operations more streamlined, collection days have been reorganised into ‘collection zones’ and new vehicles are being used.

These new vehicles, which are no longer ‘split bodied’ provide increased capacity and have either black box or green box recycling dedicated collections. Small amounts of household batteries, textiles and small electricals will also be collected. This means vehicles will be full to capacity before travelling, minimising the amount of unnecessary journeys to unload. 

Also resources can also be concentrated in each area, providing cover in the event of breakdowns while vehicles have the technology to reduce transport emissions, improve safety through 360 cameras to view blind spots, and on board technology supporting better web reporting of problems.  

When should I put out my recycling and waste for collection?

Please continue to put out your recycling and waste at the edge of your property before 7am on your usual day of collection.

When is my new collection day?

You can see what day your recycling and waste collection day is and  download recycling and waste collection days list

We have distributed a recycling and waste guide to all households in the borough along with a collection calendar so that all residents know what is being collected and when and how to recycle.

The schedule is also available to download, where collection calendars, both for week 1 and week 2 are available, depending on whether your street is part of a collection schedule for week 1 or week 2.

What does week 1 and week 2 mean?

This is largely for administrative purposes and you don’t need to worry about this but collection schedules are different in different parts of the borough, with some streets receiving a paper or recycling collection on the same day that other streets receive a non-recyclable refuse collection, different collection calendars apply according to where you live.  It helps to know whether your road is on the ‘week 1’ or ‘week 2’ schedule so that you can download the right collection calendar. 

What should I do if my recycling and waste isn't collected?

All of your waste and recycling will be collected on the same day but please be aware that some of your collections will be at different times. Ensure you leave out your recycling for our crews to collect until the end of the day before reporting a missed collection, and report this within two working days of the collection.  If the waste container was not presented at the edge of your property by 7am you will be asked to wait until your next collection day.

On occasion, there may be incidents that cause delays to your waste collections. If we have genuinely missed collecting your bins, you can report this to us at

Are garden waste collections affected ?

No, they remain on the existing collection days. Our popular regular garden waste collections continue as per the existing collection days and schedules. 

Recycling and waste management

Tel: 0300 303 8658

Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley, BR1 3UH