Orange Bag recycling – what can you put in it?

What can you put in the Orange Recycling bags?

Here is a link to the official Havering Council website on recycling 

Please do not put your PPE (face masks, gloves etc) in the orange bags

Please do not put nappies in the bags.


If the bag is ‘contaminated’ the contents are often refused and the whole bag then goes into ‘general rubbish’


Please take the time to know what can be recycled and what can not be.

In the month of November 2020 – 19% of orange sacks were rejected due to ‘contamination’ – this is where non recyclable materials are mixed with recyclable materials. Sometimes the contamination renders the whole bag as not being useful.


What goes in your orange sacks?

  • Mixed paper and card including newspapers, magazines, white paper, envelopes, junk mail and thick card
  • Plastic bottles – Please empty first and remove the lids
  • Food tins and drink cans – Please rinse first
  • Cardboard – Flattened and placed next to your orange sack if too big for the sack
  • Aerosol cans

Please do not put any other waste in your orange sacks as these will contaminate them.

What can’t go in the orange sacks?

Author: Paul Middleton

Paul is a Ward Councillor for St. Andrews & Hornchurch Resident's Association Executive member.

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