There are now even more on-street recycling banks in Lambeth

May 30, 2014

On-street recycling banks

There are now 89 on-street recycling locations in Lambeth, meaning that wherever you live or work in the borough, it’s now even easier to recycle more!

On-street recycling banks allow you to recycle items that you cannot put into your clear sacks or estate recycling bins. Currently, we have on-street recycling banks for:

  • Textiles and clothing
  • Shoes
  • Small electrical items
  • Low-energy light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Cooking oil

To find your nearest on-street recycling location and see what you can recycle there – just visit our updated location map.

Most of the items placed into the banks will be sent straight for recycling. Some items, such as clothing, shoes, books, CDs and DVDs are collected by charities and reused.

If you have clothing that isn’t suitable for reuse please still put it into the textile banks as it will be recycled.

For more information on recycling in the borough visit our website.


It’s Recycle Week!

June 18, 2012

Recycle Week banner This week, 18-24 June is Recycle Week and we’d like to say a big thank you to Lambeth residents for recycling.

As we mentioned earlier in the year (Lambeth recycling rate soars!), we are now recycling a fantastic 46% of our waste. The following fun facts show just what a positive impact recycling can have:

  • Last year, Lambeth residents recycled enough plastic bottles to make a fleece jacket for every resident in Lambeth, Wandsworth, Southwark and Kensington and Chelsea!
  • The water saved by recycling paper in Lambeth last year could fill 971 Olympic swimming pools!
  • By recycling, Lambeth residents saved £1.4 million in disposal costs.

The theme of this year’s Recycle Week is Recycling at Home and Away and as such, we are encouraging Lambeth residents to recycle while out and about and at home.

Recycling while out and about

  • Local recycling points and commuter recycling bins

There are over 28 local recycling points around the borough where you can recycle a range of different materials.

To find your nearest site and see what you can recycle there; visit our local recycling point webpage.

You will also find recycling bins for newspapers and magazines at 14 of the main train and tube stations in the borough.

  • Lambeth libraries

Did you know that you can now recycle household batteries at your local library? Don’t forget that you can also collect orange sacks from all libraries if you have run out.

  • Supermarkets

Many of the larger stores now accept plastic bags for recycling. Alongside plastic bags, you can recycle other plastic film such as bread bags, wrappers for toilet and kitchen roll and multi-pack wrappings, from products such as baked beans and drinks cans.

Recycling at home

Did you know that you can now recycle plastic pots, tubs and trays alongside plastic bottles? This includes yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs and the tray from your ready meal or meat.

Also, have you thought about the plastics in other areas of the house? The bathroom is full of plastic bottles, all of which can be recycled. And packaging from cleaning products, such as bleach bottles can also be recycled in your orange sack or estate bin.

Battery recycling comes to Lambeth libraries

April 16, 2012
Person recycling batteries in a library

Person recycling batteries in a library

Did you know that you can recycle batteries in all Lambeth libraries? Each library now has a container for household batteries on the counter, if it isn’t visible please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help you.

Batteries can also be recycled at many high street stores, the Recycle Now website features a handy map, to help you find your nearest recycling point.

Why recycle batteries?

Batteries contain valuable metals such as nickel, cobalt and silver. Recycling them reduces the need to mine new materials, cutting CO2 emissions and saving resources.

What else can I do?

Rechargeable batteries are a good alternative to single use. They can be recharged hundreds of times and although they are more expensive initially, they offer better value in the long run. Why not be really green and use a solar charger too?