One bag a week

Take the One Bag A Week Challenge

Welcome to the One Bag A Week Challenge!

What’s the challenge?

It’s simple: put no more than one bag of rubbish in your bin each week.

The One Bag A Week Challenge is here to help you do this and to help Southwark become carbon neutral by 2030.


We’re all trying to do our bit to reduce our impact on the climate. Reducing your rubbish is one of the simplest actions you can take today to help Southwark reach its target to be carbon neutral by 2030 and protect our environment.

If everyone in Southwark simply used all the recycling services they currently have access to, our recycling rate could be as high as 48% compared to our current 35%.

On average, around two thirds of your rubbish bin is recyclable or reusable, and it costs six times more to process rubbish than it does recycling. This is money that could be better spent on other vital services such as schools and parks.


One Bag a Week only refers to non-recyclable rubbish - you can put out as many clear recycling sacks or fill up your recycling bin as much as you like! Don’t forget to empty and rinse before you recycle.

But let’s start with reducing waste in the first place.

Page last updated: 02 August 2022

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