23 December 2016

New green wheelie bins to be introduced from January

Lambeth council will be introducing new green wheelie bins for the majority of street properites from January and February to replace the current clear recycling sacks.

The introduction of the new bins is designed to:

  • Save the borough money:  Over 10 million recycling sacks are issued every year which costs Lambeth £450,000. At a time when the council's budget has been cut by 56% by the government since 2010, the introduction of the bins will help save valuable funding. The bins are expected to last for ten years or more so in the long term will reduce costs further.
  • Environmental boost: The bins hold five times as much as a clear recycling sack and they will keep recycling dry meaning that more items can be recycled successfully.
  • Keeping streets cleaner: The wheelie bins will make it hard for foxes to get access to the recycling, which with the current sacks can occur. This should reduce recycling being spread over the streets making our neighbourhood cleaner.
The council has produced a guide for residents about the changes, an extract from which is below - more information can be found here:

Who will get the bins?

Residents who already have black refuse wheelie bins will get green recycling wheelie bins. The standard size is 240 litres (a bit bigger than the black refuse wheelie bins). Some households will need to share green wheelie recycling bins where this is the most practical arrangement.

Some things stay the same
  • What you can recycle is not changing, please refer to this guide on what can be recycled using clear recycling sacks. The same items will be accepted in the green recycling wheelie bins from January 2017.
  • Your recycling still gets collected weekly with your food waste and rubbish bins.
  • If you do your recycling in communal bins, that will stay the same. Homes where a bin isn’t a practical solution will continue to use the clear recycling sacks. 
When will I get more information?

We will write to you in early January with more information and details of how you can contact us about your new green recycling wheelie bin and when it will be delivered.