COVID-19 rapid testing (if you don’t have symptoms)

If you can’t work from home or you’re a key worker you can now book a rapid COVID-19 test if you don’t have symptoms.


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Waste collection services update - impacts of COVID-19

  • most household collection services are operating on the normal collection dates, although a small number of recycling and organic waste collections may take place on the following day as crews catch up outstanding work.  Please wait until the day after your normal collection before reporting a missed collection
  • please help by making sure you put the right waste into the right bin.  Clean recyclable material must go into the recycling bin (please flatten large items to take up less space) but these bins cannot be used for general waste.  It will take longer than usual to clear contaminated recycling bins
  • the bulky waste collection service is currently suspended, but completion of overdue collections is expected to start in the week commencing 25 January 2021
  • the recycling centre remains open but you will need to book an appointment.  Please check our website for COVID-19 precautions that are in place

You can find out more details of impacts and changes to services on the waste collection services  update page. 

Garden waste collection subscriptions

Garden waste sacks

Since 1 June 2019, the council no longer provide free garden waste sacks. If you have space to store a garden waste bin, then we recommend you subscribe to the standard garden waste subscription service. Garden waste sacks are suitable if you only produce garden waste occasionally, or don’t have anywhere to store a bin. To be able to order garden waste sacks your property must be eligible as not all properties can have this service.

They are made from 100% biodegradable paper and are now available for £15 per 20 sacks and can be ordered from the link below. After ordering please ensure that you present your bags (filled to the fill level mark) in a visible and accessible location and remember to book an unscheduled collection of your garden waste sacks to ensure they're collected. If you use any other kind of garden waste sacks, they will not be collected.

You cannot use your garden waste sacks for food waste, but you'll still receive a free separate collection of food waste if you have the organic waste collection service now.

You can use your garden waste sacks for:

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

You can’t use your garden waste sacks for:

  • food waste
  • fencing or other waste wood
  • soil, rubble, stones or gravel
  • non compostable 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.

Order garden waste sacks

Book unscheduled collection

You can arrange for a maximum of 20 bags to be collected per arranged collection, but there is no minimum. If you need to buy more than 20 bags, or get more than 20 bags collected you'll need to repeat the process more than once.

Page last updated: 29 December 2020

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