Get composting today!

May 13, 2016

 

London Borough of Lambeth Council has teamed up with getcomposting.com to provide reduced priced environmental products such as home compost bins, water butts and more.

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Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It’s easy to make and use.

Do your bit to reduce the amount of waste. Even for households that are already composting, new research has found that almost half of the food waste in their rubbish bins could have been composted.

The most important thing is to just do it! Put a good mix of materials in, stir it up every now and again and watch those worms appear and get to work!

For more information including how to start composting please see this link for more guidance..

For more information regarding produced priced compost bins for Lambeth residents please see this link on Lambeth website.


Waste not this Christmas 

December 20, 2015

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Food waste is a major issue. We throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year, the majority of which could have been eaten. It’s costing us £12.5bn a year and is bad for the environment too.

How can you make a difference?

We spend a fortune on our big Christmas shop but many of us are struggling with finding the money to pay for it this year.

Great money saving ideas, and most of them save you time too!
What to cook in advance? Last minute guests, how to make your meals last?
Please visit the Love Food Hate Waste advent calendar page  24 top tips for a waste free Christmas.


Compost Awareness Week 2015

April 30, 2015

Did you know that around 40% of the average rubbish bin’s contents are suitable for composting? If you haven’t caught the composting bug yet then Compost Awareness Week, 4 – 11 of May 2015, is a great time to start!

Great value compost bins and wormeries for Lambeth residents

220 litre compost bin.  £14.98.

220 litre compost bin.

Visit www.getcomposting.com to see the range of composters available and purchase your discounted compost bin. You can also make the most of the buy one, get one half price offer, by teaming up with a friend or neighbour.

As well as compost bins, you can buy wormeries, which are perfect for dealing with all cooked and uncooked food waste.

Why compost?

It’s a really easy way to transform everyday scraps such as fruit and veg peelings, tea bags and shredded paper into a useful soil improver for your garden. You don’t need a big garden either, compost bins can be set up in small backyards and on patios.

If you live on an estate or don’t have access to a garden, you can still compost by setting up your own community composting area. Contact us at compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk for more information.

Tips and advice

If you haven’t composted before, have a look at our other posts ‘getting started‘ and ‘getting results‘.

Our Compost Doctor will also be on hand next Wednesday 6 May, to answer your composting questions. Please tweet your question to @Envirolambeth and he’ll answer them throughout the day.

The life inside your compost bin photo competition

One gram of compost can be home to literally millions of microscopic creatures! You’ll also have some more visible mini beasts working away in your bin such as worms and woodlice. This year, Garden Organic have launched a photographic competition are are asking for pictures on the theme of ‘The life inside your bin’. Entries should be sent to info@homecoposting.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 6 May. Good luck!


A Merry Christmas from Lambeth Environment!

December 19, 2014

This will be our last post for 2014, so there’s just time to say a big thank you for reading, we hope you’ve enjoyed our posts and we hope you’ll stay with us for 2015!

Recycling and waste at Christmas

Our collection days are changing slightly over the festive period, so make sure you don’t miss yours. Also find out where you can recycle your Christmas tree.

Even with the very best intentions most of us create extra waste over Christmas, so here are some tips to help reduce the amount you throw away.

Food

Judging how much food to buy, especially if you are catering for more than usual, can be difficult. The Love Food Hate Waste Portion Planner will help you to buy and cook the right amount – preventing waste and saving you money. They also have some great recipes for using up leftovers from Christmas dinner.

For any food that can’t be eaten e.g. bones, remember to use the food waste collection service!

Wrapping paper

As a nation, we use tonnes of it every year and most of it goes straight into the recycling bin.

Instead of using wrapping paper, you could also wrap gifts in newspaper. With a bit of creativity, they can look really lovely!

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You can also wrap your presents in fabric. The technique which originated in Japan, is called Furushiki. Large square scarfs are perfect and can then be worn by the recipient.

Get crafty

Just search recycled Christmas decorations online and you’ll find hundreds of really great ideas!

Here are a couple of my favourites!

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Cork Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wreath made from recycled Christmas cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recycling

There’s no limit to the amount you can put out for collection in your clear sack or shared recycling bin. So remember to recycle everything you can!


Don’t pour it, store it! New oil recycling banks come to Lambeth.

November 25, 2013

Oil recycling bankIt is estimated that UK households purchase over 200 million litres of cooking oil per year and on average 110,000,000 litres of this oil is poured down drains. That’s enough cooking oil to fill an incredible 44 Olympic swimming pools!

Unfortunately, disposing of oil in this way causes problems for our sewer systems. Approximately £15 million is spent annually on clearing blockages from our sewers. You may remember the ‘Fatberg’  story from earlier this year, when a bus sized lump of fat and wet wipes was removed from drains under Kingston-upon-Thames.

There are approximately 200,000 sewer blockages throughout the UK every year, of which up to 75% are caused by fats, oils and grease and approximately 1,000 homes and 5,000 gardens in the Thames region flood with sewage as a result of blockages in the sewers.

Recycle your oil into biodiesel

A much better way to dispose of cooking oil is to deposit it in one of our new recycling banks, where it will be recycled into biodiesel. Biodiesel is a replacement fuel, which is better for the environment than petrol and diesel, and produces fewer emissions.

The banks collect cooking oil in plastic bottles, so once you have finished cooking wait for the oil to cool and pour it into a plastic bottle. Once the bottle is full, screw the lid on tightly and take the bottle to one of the oil recycling banks. Place the secured bottle into the green cooking oil recycling bank and, when the bank is full, we will arrange for this to be emptied and the oil and fats within recycled into a biofuel. The used plastic bottles are recycled separately.

You will find the new oil recycling banks at the following locations:


Starting college or University? Here’s how to make your food and money go further.

September 6, 2013

Shopping listAs autumn fast approaches many students will be heading off to college or university for the first time. There’s a lot to get used to, a new course, new friends and often a new home in a new town.

On top of this you may be cooking for yourself for the first time. Whether you’re heading off somewhere new or have just arrived in Lambeth ready to start your course at a London university, the new student guide from Love Food Hate Waste will help you to get started in the kitchen AND help you to save money.

With really useful tips such as getting your portions right to reduce the amount you waste, to a list of store cupboard essentials to ensure you always have a meal available for those late night essay sessions, the guide will help to set you on the right track. There’s even a video to show you how to make a speedy stir fry!

The Love Food Hate Waste website also features some great recipes for using up leftovers and really helpful information on storing food properly to maximise its shelf life.

If you have just moved to Lambeth and are not sure what you can recycle, you can find all the information you need on our website. We collect paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, tins and cans, plastic bottles, pot, tubs and trays, and food and drink cartons from your house or estate recycling bin.

Our website also features lots of general information on schemes and ideas that will help you to reduce waste and save money.

Also, don’t forget websites like Freecycle that are great for picking up free sofas, desks and books that will help to stretch your budget further and reduce waste.

Good luck!

 


Make the most of food wherever you eat

June 11, 2013

When you eat food out do you ever find you’ve got some left on your plate and think ‘what a waste’?

It’s estimated that more than 600,000 tonnes of food waste is thrown away each year in the UK hospitality and food service industry. That’s restaurants, pubs, hotels, cafes, staff restaurants etc.

And it is a waste because most of this food goes to landfill where it generates harmful methane gas.

Some of the food is kitchen waste, but there’s also plate waste – food we pay for and then don’t eat. Wherever it comes from it all goes in the bin.

Would you prefer to have more choice when it comes to portion sizes and sides? Would you ask to take leftover food away with you?

Have a look at this short video to find out what people say about the food they waste when out and what they’d like to see change.

Why not try these ideas from Love Food Hate Waste next time you eat out?

• Order a starter or ‘light bite’ instead of a main meal if you’re not very hungry.

• Ask if there are other portions sizes even if they aren’t shown on the menu – choose a smaller option if you don’t fancy a full meal.

• Find out if you can swap chips for salad, potatoes for vegetables (or vice versa) -whatever you prefer.

• Can you take any leftovers home with you to eat next day? Pizza, sandwiches, cake, fruit, cheese – lots of food can be saved from the bin.

To find out more, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.