Bins and recycling

The millions of people who live on and visit our canals each year generate quite a bit of waste, which we have to dispose of responsibly.

Each of our customer rubbish bin areas offer 'general waste'. And we try to put recycling bins at every location we have, but due to logistical reasons such as a location being isolated and rural, it sometimes means we can’t get a recycling service there.

Some sites have different collection dates for the waste. Some use the same bin lorry to collect the separate types of waste - also known as fusion collections - where a single vehicle collects all types of waste, which is then taken to a recycling plant.

Wheelie bins

In 2021/22 our contractors emptied over 67,000 wheelie bins from customer waste sites at a cost of £750,000.


Picture of large red bins


We also provided over 1,500 skips for our construction, customer services and volunteering teams throughout 2021/22 at a cost of over £446,000.


Recycling figures

We achieved a landfill diversion rate of 93%, which is split between being recycled (88%) and Refuse Derived Fuel (5%).

Recycling bins for boaters use in Little Venice, London

Fly tipping

There was also £81,000 spent on 166 seperate orders clearing away fly tipped waste deposited on our canal towpaths and other property.

Fly tipping

We're constantly looking at the services we provide for our customers and refuse and waste sites are no exception. We constantly monitor the services at these sites to make sure they offer our customers what's needed and that they provide value for money for the Trust.

We’re dedicated to recycling more and we aim to increase the amount of recycling points available on our waterways with our Green Plan.

Hazardous Waste

There was also £112,000 spent on 201 separate orders clearing away hazardous waste deposited on our canal towpaths and other property, eg. television, fridges, tyres, fire extinguishers, etc.

Hazardous waste

Last date edited: 22 June 2022