Greenwich bin collection moving to every fortnight

Greenwich Council have today confirmed that some bin collections will move to fortnightly collection.

The change will begin in February 2023 according to a council news story. General waste will be collected every fortnight though recycling will stay weekly, as will food waste. Many other authorities across the UK have long moved to collections every two weeks.

Back in 2019 the authority consulted on a number of options to save money.

More recently the council have struggled to make weekly collections, and just today they again put out publicity to state they are behind on collections. Partly this is due to the pandemic.

Kidbrooke housing.

A growth in flats has seen recycling rates reduce according to Greenwich Council. Areas such as Kidbrooke will eventually see over 6,500 flats, with Woolwich and Greenwich also seeing sizable growth.

Budget pressures also play a part, with savings possible by reducing collections.

There are also hopes that retaining weekly recycling collection will aid sustainability.

Towers beside Abbey Wood station. More flats blamed for reduced recycling rates

Greenwich have not outsourced their refuse collection service unlike neighbouring Bexley, where a contract with Serco descended into strikes and piled rubbish.

The council states that “properties with a smaller 140 litre general waste bin can upgrade to our standard size 240 litre bin.

“This will ensure all residents have enough space to contain their black sacks between collections.”



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7 thoughts on “Greenwich bin collection moving to every fortnight

  • It is very important that food waste and recycling is collected weekly. Especially food waste otherwise we will see an increase in rats mice and flies everywhere.

    Retail units, restaurants business premises should have there waste collected at least twice a week to keep rubbish down.

  • There needs to be more bins on the streets so people stop dropping food and litter outside people homes or through rubbish in to gardens. With general rubbish being collected every two weeks from February we need to be careful how much rubbish we throw away each fortnight.

  • @Graham The changes are only to the Black-Top (general waste) collections… Blue-Top and Green-Top bin collections will remain weekly.

  • I’m sure this will encourage the all the un-licensed HMOs that currently overfill and mix their rubbish to begin recycling more and not just put place it in polythene bags that then get ripped apart by the local foxes 😆 🤦🏼‍♂️

  • I look forward to my reduced council tax bill that will surely follow the reduced Council services…


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