Can’t remember bin day? Just copy your nearest neighbours (Picture: Getty)
Household waste bins should be collected and emptied like clockwork – on the same day, at the same time, ideally each week.
Yet somehow, memory of when this regular household event happens often slip through our brains like a sieve.
Wait, is bin day on Monday? Or was it Tuesday? And does the day change for the different coloured bins: black (rubbish), green (recycling) and brown (garden waste)?
Here’s how to find out.
When is it bin day in London?
Firstly, there’s no set bin day for all of London.
Each of London’s 32 boroughs has its own council, which in turn will have its own waste contractor for the area. Naturally, these contractors tend to operate on different days.
Teach your baby to remember bin day, so you don’t have to (Picture: Getty)
It also varies by area of each borough, too. Let’s use the borough of Waltham Forest as an example.
The council website showed that while a house in Leyton gets all three bins collected on Tuesday, a flat in nearby Walthamstow has all its collections on Thursdays.
Sometimes, it can vary by type of bin. In the borough of Southwark, one block of flats in Peckham has different collection days on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
How to find out your bin collection day in London
There are two ways to check your local bin day.
If you know your council’s website, head there and search for it. Try searching ‘household bin collection’ or ‘bin collection dates’.
However, if you’ve barely interacted with your council and don’t even really know where to start, there’s a handy postcode checker on gov.uk that will tell you.
Simply type in your postcode, and you’ll be directed to your local council’s website.
It should – hopefully – take you directly to the council’s page about bin collection days. From there, you can confirm when the bins need to go out. Phew.
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