Get election ready

The UK General Election is on 4 July. 
Register to vote by 18 June.
If you need to vote by post, you must apply to do this by 5pm on 19 June.
You need valid photo ID to vote in person. If you don’t have valid ID, apply by 5pm on 26 June for a Voter Authority Certificate.  
Find out more about voting and elections in Southwark

What happens to food and garden waste

The food and garden waste we collect from households and schools in Southwark is taken to our integrated waste management facility.

When enough material is collected, it is transferred into very large lorries and taken to a composting facility.


At the composting facility, the following process takes place with the biodegradable waste:

  • it is shredded to make the particles smaller and water is added
  • it is kept at between 60-70ºC
  • air is added regularly for over about a week, as bacteria uses up lots of the oxygen
  • after being monitored for pathogens, it is removed and put on open windrows where it is regularly turned for up to six weeks
  • finally, it is put through a large sieve to remove contaminants to make it suitable for use as an agricultural soil improver

The soil improver is used for agricultural purposes. It enhances organic matter levels in soil and supplies essential nutrients for improving crops.

Organic soil conditioner 'Pro-Grow' can be purchased at Southwark's Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Page last updated: 22 May 2017


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