Lambeth council are trialling new green bins in a bid to make it easier for people to recycle.
Around 2,000 properties in the Herne Hill area are to get the new bins, replacing the existing recycling sacks.
All recyclables can be put in the bin without the need for a bag and the closed lids will prevent foxes and other wildlife spreading rubbish through the street.
If the two-month trial is successful, the council will look to roll out the bins across the borough where appropriate.
Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment & Sustainability, Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, said: “Recycling is so important and we want to make it as simple as possible.
“Not only does recycling benefit the environment and cut down on waste, it helps us save money in these tough financial times. The cost of disposing of rubbish in black bins is almost six times as much as recycling it.
“These new bins make it easier to recycle and will help keep our pavements clean and tidy. They are bigger in size than the regular black bins, reflecting the fact that there’s no reason we couldn’t be recycling the majority of our waste.”
Residents will have the new bins delivered over the next few days and they should put it out for collection on the same day as their regular rubbish and food waste collections, removing from the pavement after it’s been emptied.
Paper and cardboard, plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, cans and tins, food and drink cartons, and glass bottles and jars should all be recycled in the new bins.
Once recycling is collected from the street, it is taken to the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Wandsworth where it is sorted and sent on for recycling.
More information about the new bins can be found at www.lambeth.gov.uk/recycling-bins-guide