London is a big city with a lot of people in it. That being the case, the city also produces a great deal of rubbish. No surprise there! As we become increasingly aware of the waste that we create and its impact on both the planet and the resources at our disposal, we are looking to dispose of our rubbish more responsibly. In a city this size, that is no mean feat!

However, it is still quite tricky to know every correct way to dispose of our rubbish. London is still, proportionately to the rest of the country, not great at recycling and disposing of their waste correctly. Many people do still not know what waste options they have access to, and what is the best way to reuse, repurpose or recycle unwanted items. So, here is a Metro Waste‘s quick guide on how you might want to deal with your various kinds of rubbish, and the amazing unsung schemes that have popped up all over the city.


The amazing thing about plastic is that even if you do make a real effort to cut down on usage, there is still a great deal of almost unavoidable plastic still being used in so many essential products. Of course, food packaging is the most common source of our plastic culmination, an essential requirement indeed. So, how best to get rid of it. Well, the most obvious option is, of course, to use your recycling bin. Most London households have a council-funded and collected recycling bin, so make it a priority to find out what materials you can recycle in your bin. This is important as, surprisingly, not all plastic food packaging can be recycled.

Alternatively, you could get online and find out what local plastic recycling initiatives are live in your area. Hackney Council, for example, have had a great idea! In order to improve recycling in flats and on estates (which can be tricky and long-winded if you live on a particularly large one), they have installed a reverse vending machine, where recyclers gain vouchers in exchange for cans and plastic bottles. More details here.

Single-Use Plastic Alternatives

The need to recycle is always lessened by adopting a few alternatives. The sales of bottled water, although still significant, have gone down in the capital due to the adoption by many Londoners of water bottles. This trend is being further encouraged by the gradual implementation of water stations around the city.

Plastic straws are also an issue. Many restaurants and bars are now using alternatives such as paper and pasta straws. However, although great for the environment, this does not cut down on their requirement for rubbish clearance and removal. Why not treat yourself to a metal straw?

Fabric Recycling

Having a wardrobe clear out? Great. And when you do, make sure you don’t put it into your normal rubbish. Any fabric-based product you want to get rid of can very easily be recycled. This is a type of recycling not widely thought or known about, but it is essential as, with the fast fashion industry still booming, excess fabric makes up a huge chunk of human waste.

There are two very easy ways to do this. The first is to take it to one of quite a few clothing retailers that have recycling bins in their stores. Levi and the North Face are two such companies, however, it is more likely you are going to have an H and M nearby!

Secondly, did you know that all charity shops deal with discarded fabrics? If you put your fabrics in a bag clearly labeled ‘rags’ and give it to a charity shop, they are obliged to send them to be recycled! It couldn’t be simpler.

Furniture and Large Item Removal

Appropriate waste clearance is hard enough with everyday items, but when you are trying to get rid of large items and furnishings it is even trickier. If you are not using one of the various second-hand avenues to sell your item on (charity shops, online platforms, community furniture recycling) then getting the right rubbish removal for it can be a head-scratcher.

There are many furniture removal companies in London that do an amazing job. Metro Waste, however, offers extremely efficient furniture removal services. This is particularly welcome with items such as fridges and freezers, which must be disposed of in a very particular way. If you attempt to take this to landfill, it is likely that they will not take it. We know exactly how to deal with such items in the correct way. Get in touch today for free friendly advice.

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