Lambeth Council consults on fortnightly collections of non-recyclable waste to boost recycling rates

30 May 2023

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth Council is consulting on proposals designed to boost recycling, that would see non-recyclable waste collected every two weeks instead of every week. The weekly collection of recyclables, via green wheelie bins and food waste caddies, is not being consulted on and would remain weekly whatever the outcome.


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Lambeth Council consults on fortnightly collections of non-recyclable waste to boost recycling rates

The consultation only applies to household’s living in ‘kerbside’ properties, which is those that put their wheelie bins out in the street for collection. As well as recycling and food waste these homes also have access to weekly collections of garden waste, small electrical items and batteries.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Lambeth and Clean Air, said: “Lambeth residents are embracing recycling and we saw impressive increases during the pandemic, but we know we can get even better and are looking at ways we can work together to achieve that, which is why we are running this consultation.

“Our 2030 vision for Lambeth is of a net-zero compatible borough with less waste, more reusing and recycling prioritised. Moving to this new waste collection programme could be an important step if we are going to meet our environmental objectives.

“Recycling is easier than ever and includes food waste, small electrical items and battery collections alongside more and more of the goods we buy coming in recyclable packaging. We believe this is the right time to get people’s opinions about this possible change.”

If adopted, the move could allow a reduction in the number of vehicles required to carry out the council’s waste collection services, cutting emissions and congestion while contributing to cleaner air.

Council figures show around 70 per cent of normal household waste could be recycled if it was put in the right bin, but currently the borough’s overall recycling rate is around half that. Current recycling rate puts Lambeth at the top of inner-London’s recycling charts, but the council believes Lambeth’s residents have the ability and willingness to improve further.

Cllr Chowdhury added: “I’d encourage residents to have their say. The consultation gives residents a chance to tell us how they think the proposal might affect them. We’re keen to hear from as many people as possible so our services continue to meet the needs of residents while improving the local environment.

“Most people realise the importance of recycling things like paper and card, plastic bottles and tin cans. But lots of households  haven’t yet taken up the council’s food waste collection service. Recycling food waste is really important and we want local people to get involved especially as recycling food waste frees up space in non-recyclable waste bins.”

Residents can take part in the consultation at until Friday 30 June. Council officers will be on hand to discuss the proposal and answer questions at the following drop-in events:

List of events

Event Address Date and time
West Norwood Feast In front of West Norwood Leisure Centre, 25 Devane Way, SE27 0DF Sunday 4th June 2023 from 10am – 4pm
Streatham Library 63 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 1PN


Wednesday 7 th June from 1-8pm


Lambeth Country Show Brockwell Park, Eco Village Zone Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th June 2023 from 1– 5pm
Clapham Library Mary Seacole Centre, 91 Clapham High Street Thursday 15th June from 10am – 4pm
Brixton Library Brixton Oval, London, SW2 1JQ Monday 19th June from 1-8pm


Tate South

Lambeth Library

180 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1QP


Thursday 22nd June from 1-8pm

Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Lambeth & Clean Air, and senior management from Lambeth will be  available to answer questions between 3pm and 5pm at this session.



For more information on Lambeth council waste and recycling services visit, and to order a free food waste bin or caddy if they don’t have one already visit