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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. 

Timed collections

Walworth Road timed collections scheme

The council started a timed waste collection scheme in Walworth Road and nearby roads on 1 February 2016.

This scheme helps us work with businesses and residents in and around Walworth Road to make it a cleaner and more pleasant place for everyone.

We know many businesses and flats don't have enough space to store their rubbish, meaning sacks of waste are often left on the pavement at all different times of day. The timed waste collection scheme is designed to provide two time slots every day when waste is permitted to be left out on the pavement and then collected. This means that for up to 20 hours of the day, there would be no waste on the pavement.

The times permitted for leaving waste out on the pavement and arranging for it to be collected are as follows:


Put waste out

Timed Collection


Between 8am and 9am

Between 9am and 10am


Between 6.30pm and 7.30pm

Between 7.30pm and 8.30pm

The streets where the timed collection scheme operates are both sides of:

  • Walworth Road
  • Camberwell Road from j/w Walworth Road to j/w Albany Road
  • Arnside Street from j/w Walworth Road to no.10
  • Westmoreland Road, from j/w Walworth Road to no.21
  • Beckford Place All
  • John Ruskin Street, from j/w Walworth Road to no.19
  • Gateway from j/w Walworth Road to gated end
  • Carter Place from j/w Walworth Road first 50 metres


Household waste will be collected by the council. Household waste bins on the pavement in the streets listed above will be removed as part of this scheme as they will no longer be required.

You can recycle your waste using clear recycling sacks. You can find out more about our recycling collection services and other supplies of clear recycling sacks.


Businesses in the timed collection scheme area need to comply with the times for putting waste out for collection and arranging for it to be collected as set out in the table above. Businesses will need to have a contract in place with a commercial waste collection service provider that is able to collect at the required times or arrange for their waste to be collected directly from premises at other times.

Under the scheme it is no longer be permitted for trade waste bins to be stored permanently on the pavement, so if trade waste bins cannot be stored on businesses’ own premises they must be removed.

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Page last updated: 04 December 2019

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