Green recycling bins roll out over Lambeth

19 January 2017

Written by: Communications Team

Better Lambeth - Environment - News and announcements

We’re investing in green recycling wheelie bins to last 10 years (or more) and save the environment by avoiding the need for millions of plastic recycling sacks. Many homes will now have a three-bin approach for rubbish, food waste and recycling.

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Green recycling bins roll out over Lambeth

Following a successful trial in Herne Hill last year, green wheelie bins for recycling will start to be delivered to residents in Lambeth, replacing the current clear recycling sack service. The new bins will:

  • Encourage recycling – The new bins hold five times more than a clear recycling sack
  • Save money – Over 10 million recycling sacks are issued every year – at huge cost to the Council. The new bins will save £450,000 per year.
  • Make streets cleaner and tidier – For the first time waste collection, bulky collections and street cleansing will all take place on the same day. The mess created by foxes and other pests tearing open sacks will be significantly reduced, making streets look cleaner and tidier.


Bin delivery

All the new bins should be delivered by the end of February. Many homes will now have a three-bin approach for rubbish, food waste and recycling. A borough-wide poster campaign will explain how it’s easy as 1,2,3 and a fleet of recycling collection vehicles will carry the same message.

We’re investing in green recycling wheelie bins that will last 10 years (or more) and save the environment by avoiding the use of hundreds of millions of plastic recycling sacks.

Some things stay the same

Recycling will still be collected once a week on the same day as food waste and rubbish bins. The recycling service won’t change for residents on estates who are recycling in communal bins – that will stay the same. Homes where a bin isn’t a practical solution (usually because of space) will continue to get free deliveries of clear recycling sacks.

Reasons to recycle

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “The new green bins will encourage recycling, save money and help make our streets cleaner and tidier. Despite severe cuts to our funding from central Government, I’m proud that we’ve continued to provide a good service to our residents. Over 93% of our roads are judged to be in an acceptable condition and the proportion of residents that think rubbish and litter is a problem is continuing to fall. The green bins should also help reduce the impact on our environment – 80% of waste is recyclable and the cost of disposing of waste from your recycling bin is nearly six times cheaper than disposing of the waste placed in black bins.”

For more details about the new recycling service


11 Thoughts on “Green recycling bins roll out over Lambeth

  1. Elaine M says:

    my green bin has not been emptied so I still have to take the recycle sacks to the big greenbin .why is my bin not being emptied

  2. Denise says:

    Very disappointed with the new system of green bins. I have been recycling for years but although I am putting the recycling in the green bin because my neighbours mix up all the rubbish in the black and green bins mine can’t be recycled. The green bin is also too big for a small front garden. Ridiculous scheme.

  3. Gerard says:

    I have too many green recycle bins, they dropped 4 in my garden, the most our house would need is 2, can someone please remove 2 of the new recycle bins as my garden is looking like a wheelie bin yard.
    I also have a full size black rubbish wheelie bin that has a large crack from top to bottom which I want removed.

  4. Will says:

    I received on of the new bins and it has already been stolen from the front of my house. How do I request another without having to pay a charge?

    • Communications team says:

      Please contact the team organising the new bin rollout on 020 7926 9393 and choose option 3 about deliveries, they will be able to help you.

  5. Sandra H says:

    How do I get another kerbside caddy for food waste my one has gone missing .

  6. Rosalba C says:


    The new recycling bins are too big for smaller properties/flats! They are causing a lot of clutter on the path on our road (SE27 0SZ).

    Are there smaller ones? If so how do I request one?

    Thank you.

    • Communications team says:


      Please see for more details, including a useful FAQ:

      Q: My green recycling wheelie bin is too big, can I have a smaller bin?
      The standard provision green recycling wheelie bin is 240-litres. We want you to recycle as much as possible so please make sure all of your recyclable items are in the green wheelie bin. Please use the wheelie bin size you have been allocated. Should you find the bin is too big, only after all initial deliveries have taken place in the borough will we assess the suitability of the green bins. To apply for a change in bin size visit fill out a bin request form at

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