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Timed collections

Walworth Road Pilot Scheme


The council commenced a timed waste collection pilot scheme in Walworth Road and nearby roads on 1 February 2016.

This pilot scheme is being implemented to help the council work with businesses and residents in and around Walworth Road to make it a cleaner and more pleasant place for everyone.

We know many businesses and flats don't have enough space to store their rubbish, meaning sacks of waste are often left on the pavement at all different times of day. The timed waste collection pilot scheme is designed to provide two time slots every day when waste is permitted to be left out on the pavement and then collected. This means that for up to 20 hours of the day, there would be no waste on the pavement.

The times permitted for leaving waste out on the pavement and arranging for it to be collected are as follows:

Put waste Out

Timed Collection


Between 8.00am to 9.00am

Between 9.00am to 10.00am

Put waste Out

Timed Collection


Between 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Between 7.30pm to 8.30pm

The streets where the timed collection pilot scheme operates are both sides of:

  • Walworth Road
  • Camberwell Road, from j/w Walworth Road to j/w Albany Road
  • Arnside Street, from j/w Walworth Road to no.10
  • Westmoreland Road, from j/w Walworth Road to no.21
  • Beckford Place All
  • John Ruskin Street, from j/w Walworth Road to no.19
  • Gateway, from j/w Walworth Road to gated end
  • Carter Place, from j/w Walworth Road first 50 metres


Residents who live in the timed collection pilot scheme area received a leaflet in early February 2016 explaining how they need to dispose of their waste in sacks. Household waste will be collected by the council. Household waste bins on the pavement in the streets listed above will be removed as part of this scheme as they will no longer be required.

As part of the pilot scheme we want to increase recycling and we delivered an initial 3 month supply of clear recycling sacks to help residents to do so. We will deliver another 3 month supply of recycling sacks in April/ May 2016. Residents who require delivery of more clear recycling sacks can make a request through the web-form …..


Businesses in the timed collection pilot scheme area will need to comply with the times for putting waste out for collection and arranging for it to be collected as set out in the table above. Businesses will need to have a contract in place with a commercial waste collection service provider that is able to collect at the required times or arrange for their waste to be collected directly from premises at other times.

Under the pilot scheme it will no longer be permitted for trade waste bins to be stored permanently on the pavement, so if trade waste bins cannot be stored on businesses’ own premises they must be removed.


We will review the outcome of the pilot scheme in July 2016. If it is successful consideration will be given to it becoming a permanent feature and rolled out to other town centres and shopping areas in the borough.

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