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Recycling and rubbish

Find out about recycling and rubbish for your home or on your estate.

Your bins


Use our handy A-Z of what you can and can't recycle.

Bulky waste collection

For tenants and leaseholders of Lewisham council homes, there are collection points on most estates for unwanted large items. If you aren't sure if your estate has a collection point, email estates@lewisham.gov.uk or call 0800 028 2028 to speak to our Estates Environment team.

You can help us keep their estate clean and tidy by putting items out for collection no more than one day before the scheduled collection. This helps deter fly-tipping.

If you are not resident of a Lewisham Council managed estate you cannot use our estate bulky waste collection points. This will be considered illegally dumped waste or fly-tipping which could result in a fine. You can book a book a bulky waste collection from your home for a fee. 

Disposing of cooking oil correctly

Please don't dispose of fats or oils down sinks or drains – it causes blockages which can affect your home and those of your neighbours.

Fats, oils and grease cause major problems to the sewer system, and can cause severe blockages when they are poured down kitchen sinks or toilets. When they're poured down rainwater drains they cause pollution in local water courses.

How to dispose of fats and oils, and prevent blockages:

  • don't pour cooking oil, fat or grease down the sink
  • for large quantities of oil (eg. from deep frying), wait for the oil to cool then pour it into a plastic bottle, jar or sealable takeaway container – this can go in the rubbish bin
  • scrape or wipe plates, pans and utensils prior to washing (solid waste should go in your rubbish bin)
  • keep oil and grease out of washing up water
  • use strainers in sink plug holes and put any collected food debris in the rubbish bin