The council has introduced a timed waste collection service in five town centres.

Timed waste collections will:

  • keep the main shopping areas free of rubbish for most of the day
  • reduce the amount of illegally dumped waste
  • maintain a cleaner, safer environment for people living, working and shopping in our town centres.

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1. Where are the timed collection areas?

The timed collection areas are Norwood, Streatham, Brixton, Clapham and Waterloo. To find out if you live in, or your business is within the timed collection area you can view the area maps at the bottom of this page.

Please note that the maps show the timed collection zones within a wider enforcement area which is being created to try and avoid problems with waste migrating from the high streets to surrounding areas.

2. When can I present my waste for collection?

Streatham and West Norwood

The time bands for Streatham and West Norwood are as follows:

Rubbish

  • Between 7am and 8am, Monday to Sunday
  • Between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday
  • No collection on Sunday evenings

Recycling

  • Between 7am and 8am, Monday to Saturday
  • There will be no evening collections Monday to Saturday
  • Recycling will not be collected on Sundays for all areas

Brixton and Waterloo

The time bands for Brixton and Waterloo are as follows:

Rubbish

  • Between 7am and 8am, Monday to Sunday
  • Between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday
  • No collection on Sunday evenings

Recycling

  • Between 7am and 8am, Monday to Saturday
  • There will be no evening collections Monday to Saturday
  • Recycling will not be collected on Sundays for all areas

Clapham

The time bands for Clapham are as follows:

Rubbish

  • Between 5am and 8am, Monday to Sunday
  • Between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday
  • No collection on Sunday evenings

Recycling

  • Between 5am and 8am, Monday to Saturday
  • There will be no evening collections Monday to Saturday
  • Recycling will not be collected on Sundays for all areas

3. How will timed collections affect residents?

The only thing you need to do differently is to ensure that your waste and recycling is only put out between the times stated in When is timed collection starting?.

Residents in timed collection areas receive three deliveries per year of clear recycling sacks. They can be used for paper, cardboard, cans, aerosols, plastic bottles, plastic pots, tubs and trays, glass bottles and jars and food and drink cartons.

4. How will timed collections affect businesses?

If you are a business owner or manager you have a duty of care to ensure your waste is stored and disposed of properly. This means you must have a contract either with the council or with a private licensed waste carrier.

If you currently use bins that are stored on and collected from private land, you will not need to do anything different. However, if you are a business using a bin that is stored on the public footpath or road, you will need to change to a sack contract.

If you do not currently have a commercial waste contract, please make sure you start one as soon as possible.

Visits were made to consult with businesses over the proposals and to offer advice about obtaining a commercial waste contract with the Council. You can also telephone us on 020 7926 9000 and we will arrange for one of our officers to visit and discuss the most appropriate contract for your business.

If you would like to start a contract with a private waste collector, please make sure they are licensed.

Businesses can sign-up for a commercial recycling contract by calling 020 7926 9000.

5. Where do I go for more information?

If you need any further information or have any questions please contact us at timedcollections@lambeth.gov.uk.