Get composting today!

May 13, 2016


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


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


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.

We’ll be at the Lambeth Country Show this weekend!

July 17, 2015

We’re looking forward to this weekend’s Country Show! We’ll be there all weekend and you’ll be able to find us in the Get Involved tent in the Charities East section of the park on pitch ZE20.

Come and visit us to find out about your waste and recycling services, volunteering as a Green Community Champion, composting, reducing flood risk, supporting Lambeth’s pollinators and much more.

We’ll be giving away packets  of wildflower seeds and there’ll also be an opportunity to win a rain water harvester! Did you know that on average, a rain water harvester collects 1,380 litres of rain a year? Perfect for keeping your garden watered!

This 100 litre rain water harvester could be yours!

This 100 litre rain water harvester could be yours!

It couldn’t be easier to cycle to the show this year, there’ll be two secure cycle parks and The Metropolitan Police will also be available to security mark and register your bike free of charge.

It promises to be another great weekend and we really look forward to meeting many of you there!

It’s Recycle Week 2015!

June 22, 2015

RW_Badge_2014Recycling around the home – how to get the best out of every room!

This year, the theme is recycling around the home and we want to help you recycle more by highlighting all of the other items in the home that can be recycled but sometimes get overlooked.

Think about the bathroom, toothpaste boxes and toilet roll inner tubes can be recycled, along with plastic shampoo, bleach and bathroom cleaners, and liquid soap bottles – just remember to remove the trigger spray and pump dispenser tops. There’s so many items in the bathroom waiting to be recycled that can make a huge difference. For instance, if everyone in the UK recycled one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year.

In the bedroom, empty tissue boxes, old magazines and empty deodorant aerosols can be recycled. If everyone in the UK recycled one aluminium deodorant aerosol, enough energy would be saved to run a TV in over 151,000 homes for a year!

Moving on to the living room, envelopes, newspapers and cardboard packaging from online shopping can all go straight into the recycling. Even air fresheners can make a difference, if one aluminium air freshener aerosol is recycled by everyone in the UK; enough energy could be saved to vacuum over 876,000 homes for a year!

Along with the usual drinks bottles in the kitchen, you can also recycle plastic washing-up liquid bottles and pots, tubs and trays. Remember to look in the cupboard under the sink for plastic bleach and surface cleaner bottles which can also be recycled. It’s good to know that plastic drinks bottles can be turned into football shirts, fleeces and even more plastic bottles!

If you would like a reminder of everything you can recycle in Lambeth, just visit our website. Remember that you can also use your nearest Local Recycling Point, to recycle additional items such as clothing, shoes, small electricals, batteries and light bulbs.

Your recycling efforts are really making a difference, so we’d like to say thank you!

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 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 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 by 5pm on Wednesday 6 May. Good luck!

Garden waste in Lambeth

March 13, 2015

It feels like Spring has arrived this last week and the milder weather has meant that we’re starting to venture back out into our gardens. If you are looking for a solution for your garden waste, we have options for every size of garden.

Registration is now open for our garden waste collection service 

If you would like to have your garden waste collected weekly from home, you can subscribe to our collection service. We’ll provide you with a resuable garden waste sack which you can present for collection on the same day as your waste and recycling.

You can now register for or renew your subscription using a MyLambeth account. An iPad mini will be given to 20,000th MyLambeth account holder!

Home composting 

Composting is an easy way to deal with your garden waste at home. All Lambeth residents are entitled to reduced price compost bins from, with prices starting at £14.98.  If you’d like more information on composting, have a
look at our ‘getting started‘ and ‘getting results‘ posts.

Community composting

If you would like to start composting within your local community or on your estate, our Compost Doctor might be able to help you. Email for more information.

Donate your unwanted furniture and household goods to local community groups.

January 16, 2015
A chair being refurbished ready for resale.

A chair being refurbished ready for resale.

You may have recently received a leaflet or noticed the new advertisements on our collection vehicles for The London Reuse Network. The network is made up of charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations that work together to increase reuse across London.

Unwanted furniture, appliances and household items are collected, checked for quality and safety, refurbished and prepared for resale at affordable prices to low-income and recently rehoused families.

In addition, the scheme creates jobs and provides training in furniture repair, administration and retail skills, helping people back into work.

Collections are available to all Lambeth residents, so if you have recently had a clear out and have items that are suitable for reuse, please consider donating them.

For a £20 fee, up to four items can be collected from inside your home. Alternatively, you can  drop the items off free of charge at Smugglers  Way Reuse and Recycling Centre.

To book a collection, please call 020 3142 8506 or you can do it online at

Items can be collected from your home.

Items can be collected from your home.

Full details of the items accepted can be found on their website. All items must be suitable for reuse.

If you have broken items, you can arrange collection through the Bulky Waste Collection Service or you can take them to one of our Reuse and Recycling Centres for recycling. Please check opening items and material lists before visiting as they vary between sites.