Living in the London Borough of Lambeth, you may have noticed that locals and the council make a conscious effort towards environmental health. This is where you could get involved! Lambeth Council is dedicated to becoming a Net Zero Council by 2030, and your recycling will have an impact on this. If you have just moved to the area or you need a quickfire refresher course, this guide to your recycling and rubbish collection in Lambeth could be what you need. Keep reading to find out the steps you need to take.

Non-recyclable waste: black wheelie bins

Rubbish collection in the borough of Lambeth happens on a weekly basis and includes all the waste that you cannot put in your recycle bin. This will include items such as food-soiled cardboard, polystyrene, and plastic bags. This rubbish should be collected in a black wheelie bin every week. This bin needs to be left out on your collection day for 6am on the day. However, it should not be left out any earlier than 8pm the day before! The items that should not be included in your general waste include:

  • Food waste
  • Garden waste
  • DIY waste
  • Building materials
  • Asbestos
  • Vehicle batteries
  • Textiles
  • Batteries

Your bins should be placed at the front of your property in a visible place. You can check your collection day on the Lambeth Council website, ensuring your rubbish is collected and isn’t cluttering your Lambeth home!

Recyclable items: green wheelie bins

Your recyclable items are the things you should make a conscious effort to put in the right bin. Recycling items will reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill, improving the state of our environment. To do your part within your Lambeth property, put the following items in the recycling bins!

Paper and card:

  • Newspaper
  • Card and cardboard
  • Toilet and kitchen roll
  • Catalogues and magazines
  • Egg boxes
  • Junk mail

Plastics and cartons:

  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic packaging
  • Glass jars and bottles
  • Can and tins
  • Liquid food and drink cartons

The full list is available on Lambeth Council’s website, ensuring that everything you can recycle, you are aware of. All food packaging should be rinsed and clean before you place it in your recycling bin. Your recycling will be collected weekly from your Lambeth property, and it should be at the front of your home by 6am on your collection day. If there is no space for your home to have a wheelie bin, your recyclable waste can be collected in sacks, which are delivered to your Lambeth home six times a year. If you live in a flat or housing estate, you may have communal bins, in which case your rubbish needs to be within these by the time of collection.

Food waste: compost where you can!

As with the rest of your rubbish, your food waste is collected weekly. You will be provided with a small kitchen waste bin as well as a larger one for your outside space. Your food waste is collected weekly along with garden waste if you have any.

How is my food waste disposed of?

Once collected, your food waste is disposed of using an enclosed intensive composting method. There is accurate temperature control and monitoring, which processes the food waste into nutrient-rich compost. This goes onto be used in parks, gardens, and for other agriculture, helping to keep the Lambeth parks gorgeous and lush! If possible, you should try and compost your own food as much as possible, with a compost station in your own home! This will reduce your environmental impact and can help you develop those green fingers

Make an effort to reduce your food waste

Lambeth Council is linked to the Love Food Hate Waste programme. This encourages Lambeth residents to compost as much of their food waste as possible and provides tips on how to use up all of your food rather than disposing of it unnecessarily.

Reusing and recycling: local Lambeth centres

To dispose of the items that you can’t fit in your recycling wheelie bin, you should take your waste to a reuse and recycle centre. In Lambeth, your local one is located on Vale Street, West Norwood, London, SE27, 9PA. To visit this centre, you should book an appointment and bring with you proof of your ID and your Lambeth address. There should be no commercial waste disposed of here – the only items accepted will be those that are able to be reused or recycled. If you have some rubbish that is household waste or may not be accepted at Vale Street, there is an additional centre in Lambeth on Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1JS.

Bulky waste solutions in Lambeth

You might be wondering how to dispose of your bulky waste from your Lambeth home. This could be in the form of a sofa or bedframe that has been getting in the way of your corridors. Junk Taxi provides bulky waste collection services throughout Lambeth and the surrounding area. Just get in touch with us and we will be able to collect your items with minimal disruption to your daily routine!

To benefit from our waste collection services in Lambeth, give our team a call on 020 3092 2961 or email We will be happy to help out!

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Call 020 3092 2961 to discuss your requirements with a member of our team. Alternatively, email We’ll ensure that your rubbish, waste, or unwanted items are collected promptly and professionally.