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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

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: 07 June 2021

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