Waste and recycling collections for flats

If you live in an apartment or flat it is likely that you will have communal bins for food waste, recycling and rubbish.

It is important that all bins are accessible on collection day to ensure that they are emptied. Make sure that there are no bags left on the floor and that recyclable items and bags of household waste are put in the appropriate bin.

Food waste

We currently collect food waste from a number of blocks of flats within the borough.  A communal container is provided which is collected on a weekly basis from the bin store area.  

If you do not currently have a food waste collection and would like further information please email recycling@runnymede.gov.uk with your address details and managing agent/resident association contact details.


The range of items that can be recycled is the same in flats as it is for all other properties within the borough. The same guidelines apply - items should be clean, dry and loose. You can find out more about the groups of materials that can be recycled on our recycling page which also includes a recycling search tool.

With shared recycling bins it is particularly important that you

  • flatten your cardboard boxes to make best use of the space
  • remove any expanded polystyrene or bubble wrap (these are not recyclable)
  • do not put any plastic bags or wrapping in the recycling bin

If your flat does not currently have recycling bins please email recycling@runnymede.gov.uk with the property details and the contact details of your managing agent/residents association.

Rubbish (non-recyclable waste)

Items that cannot be recycled should be put in the black rubbish bin. However, there are some items that must not be put in the rubbish bin as they require alternative disposal. This applies to all households within the borough.

Some examples of items that must not be put in the rubbish bin include

  • DIY waste such as paint, brick, plasterboard
  • rubble or soil
  • gas canisters
  • furniture

Property managers

If you are a landlord, management company or resident association and you have queries regarding the recycling and waste arrangements in flats please email recycling@runnymede.gov.uk to discuss further.

Get in touch about recycling and waste

The quickest way to contact us is by using our online forms which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to speak to us give us a call during office hours and talk to our Customer Services team who will be happy to help.

What can I recycle?

Use the search tool to find out what to do with an item. Put in your postcode and then search for the item. Remember, all items in your recycling bin should be clean, dry and loose – not in plastic bags or sacks

What can I recycle?