COVID-19 Waste and recycling

Waste and Recycling

We are working closely with our partners (Veolia, Viridor and the South London Waste Partnership) to keep our recycling, waste, street cleaning and other key services running during this challenging time. 

Any changes that we have to make to these services will be communicated via this webpage and on our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and Nextdoor). 

Recycling and waste collections:

  • Currently services are operating with no significant disruption.
  • It is more important than ever that you do everything you can to minimise the amount of waste you produce. Please ensure that recycling is clean, dry and properly sorted; and that rubbish bags are all securely tied to help protect our collection teams and the public.

Self-isolating households: 

If you are self-isolating because of a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus, please follow the Government’s 'Stay at home' guidance on managing household waste: 

  • Cleaning cloths and personal waste such as used tissues and disposable face coverings should be stored in disposable rubbish bags. 
  • These rubbish bags should be placed into a second bag, tied securely and put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.
  • Other household waste can be disposed of as normal. 

Kimpton Park Way Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (‘the tip’):

  • Visits to the site are strictly by appointment only and must be booked in advance via the website.  
  • Please only try to book a visit to the HRRC if you really need to. Our recycling, rubbish, garden waste and bulky waste home collection services are all running - try to use these to manage your waste instead.

Textiles and book banks: 

  • Many of the charities that operate these banks will close their shops during lockdown and the banks will not be emptied. 
  • If the bank is full, please take away your textiles or books and save them until the banks are open again. Leaving items is fly tipping and you could be fined. The items you leave will not be recycled. 
  • You can also book a visit to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre (HRRC) instead to recycle textiles and books.