Fortnightly rubbish collections

Supporting Lambeth’s residents from street level households to reduce their waste and protect the environment 

From April 2024, all black bin rubbish collections for street-level (kerbside) households will change from being every week to every two weeks. For some households, fortnightly collections of rubbish will start in February 2024. These households will be informed by letter.  

Recycling, food waste, garden waste and small electrical and batteries collections will remain weekly, and households will be able to recycle as much as they like.  

This change applies to street-level households that use black wheelie bins for their rubbish. Households whose waste is collected from communal bulk bins or from sacks will not be affected by this change.  

Why the council is making this change

Lambeth Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019, and positive climate action is now at the heart of everything we do. 

Recycling as much of our waste as possible is a way that everyone can help protect the environment. 

More than half of London’s boroughs have already made the switch to fortnightly rubbish collections and have seen their recycling rates improve. 

Doing this in Lambeth will not only help us recycle more but will also result in fewer vehicles being needed to make collections, further reducing emissions as well as congestion on our roads.