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Waste collection services update

All services are currently operating normally, although unusually high levels of waste have resulted in some collections being slightly delayed.

  • communal Services (refuse and recycling) are generally operating normally, but high volumes of waste have meant that small numbers of collections may be carried into the following day
  • refuse & recycling kerbside services (green and blue bins) are operating as normal and collecting on the usual scheduled dates
  • organic waste collections (brown food and garden waste bins) are operating as normal and collecting on the usual scheduled dates


The use of some temporary crews has resulted in a higher level of missed collections than usual over the last 1 to 2 weeks.  Please report a missed collection on the reporting a missed collection page if your collection has not been completed by the end of the working day when it was due (ie after 4pm).

Garden waste collection subscriptions

Subscriptions are now available for 2021 to 2022

This includes the period from 1 April 2021 up to 31 March 2022. We'll notify households eligible for this service by delivering a leaflet.  For existing subscribers we'll send an email reminder, if you've provided us with an email address

If you currently do not have a garden waste subscription and need to dispose of garden waste, visit the Reuse and Recycling Centre or purchase some garden waste sacks.

Garden waste collections are provided as an optional service to households with gardens, for a small annual subscription charge. The charge for 2021 to 22 is £40. This gives a weekly collection of a single 240 litre brown garden waste bin. You can pay for more than one 240 litre bin if you produce more than 240 litre of garden waste weekly. All subscriptions made from 1 April 2021 onwards will end on 31 March 2022. The price is fixed, so if you buy a subscription after April you will pay the same price as for a full year.

Your garden waste bin cannot be used for food waste - you should use the free separate collection of food waste.

You can use your garden waste bin only for organic waste which can be composted, including:

  • grass and hedge cuttings, leaves, flowers, weeds
  • plants, twigs and branches (no more than 10cm diameter)

 You can’t use your garden waste bin for:

  • food waste
  • fencing or other waste wood
  • soil, rubble, stones or gravel
  • other materials, including plastic bags, flower pots or trays

You can still compost your garden waste at home, and residents of Southwark can still bring garden waste to our household waste recycling and reuse centre. Homes with gardens will be eligible for the new service providing you have somewhere to store a brown bin between collections.  You cannot store brown bins on the public highway/pavement. 

Subscribe to the garden waste subscription service

Page last updated: 03 March 2021

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