Golden Ticket funding for estates and community groups

February 5, 2016

The Golden Ticket Prize Draw is not just for individuals, community groups and estates can benefit too.

If you like to improve recycling or reduce waste in your community you can apply for a share of a £2,500 Community Fund  and make a difference. All community groups and estate groups, private or council, can apply for funding.

So, if you have a great idea for improving recycling or reducing waste, we’d love to hear it. Perhaps you would like to organise regular children’s clothes swaps, or set up a series of workshops to teach people how to mend clothes, electrical items or how to cook with leftovers? Whatever your idea, we’re waiting to hear from you.

Applying is easy, simply download and complete an application form. For more information, visit

Lambeth performs well in new carbon-based recycling league table.

July 3, 2015

For many years recycling percentage has been used to compare the performance of local authorities. Performance is based on the weight of the waste local authorities reuse, recycle or compost/digest as a percentage of the total weight of waste produced.

However Ricardo-AEA, a global sustainability consultancy, has developed the first full UK local authority waste management league table based on carbon emission factors. They argue that a better reflection of environmental benefit is to look at the global warming potential based on the disposal method of each material collected.

We’re really pleased to see that under this measure Lambeth rank 57th out of a total of 433 UK local authorities.

The analysis takes into account the end process for residual waste (rubbish) and councils that no longer send this waste to landfill perform far better than those that do. Landfilling material that degrades underground has a significant carbon impact of +463 kg per tonne.

No waste from Lambeth has been landfilled since August 2011. All rubbish collected in the borough is sent by river to an Energy from Waste plant in Belvedere. Once there, the waste is burned at high temperature generating electricity for up to 100,000 homes.

Find out more about rubbish and recycling in Lambeth on our website.

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!

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.

Lambeth’s Green Community Champions

January 9, 2015

GreenField_jpgLambeth is lucky to have an active network of Green Community Champions; people from right across the borough who have an interest in all things green.

All champions receive our weekly e-newsletter with the latest news on local environmental courses, events, volunteering opportunities and meetings. We also regularly feature news on projects that champions are involved in from food growing to introducing palm trees on a South London housing estate!

This year we’ve a number of  projects that we’d really like our champions to be involved in, from Fairtrade Fortnight next month, to helping bees and improving our air quality, we know we’ll be able to achieve more with the support of the champions network.

If you would like to sign up to receive our newsletter please email How involved you become is entirely up to you; whether you just want to keep yourself informed or you’re really looking to get stuck in, we’d be very happy to have you on board!

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.


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!


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!

cork tree

Cork Christmas Tree











Wreath made from recycled Christmas cards


















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!

Surprising recycling – some of the more unusual items we’ve found!

October 31, 2014
Recycling bin full of bread!

Recycling bin full of bread!

Every day we collect tonnes of good quality recycling from households in Lambeth. Most of it is sent straight to our recycling facility in Wandsworth where it is sorted and sent on for recycling.

Unfortunately, sometimes we find clear sacks and estate recycling bins that contain items they shouldn’t. If we’re lucky, we notice this before it is emptied into the collection vehicle. Depending on how bad the contamination is, we can then ask the rubbish crews to collect it or in the case of clear sacks, we can leave a sticker which asks the householder to remove the unwanted items.

Sometimes, the contamination finds its way to our Recycling Facility which causes real problems. Contamination that is removed from recycling has to be disposed of as rubbish, meaning that we pay for disposal twice. Contamination such as food waste affects the quality of other materials, particularly paper. Shredded paper and small bottle tops also cause problems for the sorting machinery.

The most common non-recyclable items we find are food waste and polysterene; however over the years the following have also turned up at our Recycling Facility:

  • a dead squid
  • car jack
  • a whole pig’s leg complete with trotter
  • a safe
  • a large suitcase
  • a whole chicken
  • a gas meter

Spare a thought for the men and women who work at the start of the process to remove non-recyclable items by hand!

We are currently working to lock some of our estate bins to prevent large non-recyclable items from being placed inside and regularly send out communications to remind people what is and isn’t recyclable.

Here’s a full list of items that can be recycled in your clear sack or estate recycling bin and our A-Z should help you with some of the more unusaul items.