How do I recycle?

1. Getting Started

If you live in a property where your rubbish is collected from your doorstep, you can recycle certain items using clear mixed collection recycling sacks which are provided by your local council (Lambeth also provides recycling wheelie bins for some of its residents). Contact your local council for more information:

If you live on an estate or in a flat or mansion block you may already have a recycling bin or bank in your communal waste area. If no recycling facilities are in place yet, you can contact your council's recycling department and see if facilities can be installed.


2. Find out what you can recycle

In the Western Riverside region you can recycle the following materials in your clear sack or recycling bank:

  • Paper, card and cardboard
  • Books
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cans, tins and empty aerosols
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Plastic bottles

Please do not put anything else in your clear  sack or recycling bank as it may make your recycling too difficult to sort and recycle.

There are two reuse and recycling centres in the area which collect a large variety of other household items, from textiles to car batteries and books. Also consider community recycling schemes as an alternative before throwing anything away. Community projects often restore or repair goods like furniture and sell them on.

Visit our recycle at home pages for more details.

3. Prepare your recycling

Remember, wash, squash, lids off.

Rinse anything that contained food or drink. This makes it easier to sort and recycle later. It doesn't have to be spotless but if it's too dirty it may be too difficult to recycle.

Make sure aerosols are completely empty.

Flatten boxes and squash cartons and plastic bottles. This saves room in the vehicle allowing more to be collected and leading to fewer journeys.

Remove any lids, tops, corks or foil. They are not recyclable and can be a safety hazard.

4. Put it out for collection

If you live in a house, please leave your clear sacks at the inside edge of your property the night before or by 6:30am on collection day, so that they are clearly visible for our recycling collection crew.

If you have no front garden, please leave your sacks on the pavement no earlier than 6pm on the day before your collection.

If you live in a flat put your loose recyclables into your nearest recycling bank. Please don't put them in a plastic bag as this makes it harder to recycle later.

To find out when your collection day is visit your borough's website: