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!


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 getcomposting.com, 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 compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk for more information.


Don’t waste your waste – Get Composting this Autumn

September 9, 2014

HandsSoilSaplingWith autumn here, the time has come to prune, trim and prepare the garden for next year.  But what should you do with all the debris? Instead of seeing it as waste, think of it as the magic ingredient that with very little work, can be recycled to give you a free supply of top quality compost.

If you start composting now, by spring next year you’ll have a nutritious soil conditioner to help your flowers, fruit and vegetables to flourish!

Fallen leaves, prunings and dead plants and flowers are ideal for composting. You can also add waste from your kitchen, such as fruit and vegetable peelings and tea bags. For a full list of what you can compost and advice on getting the balance right, visit the Recycle Now website .

We have teamed up with Getcomposting.com to offer a selection of home compost bins and wormeries at subsidised prices, starting at just £14.98 (RRP £39). There is also a Buy One Get One Half Price Offer, adding extra value to those who team up with a friend or neighbour to buy a bin.

Getcomposting also have some very special offers on a range of other green goodies including water butts. Water butts are a great way to keep your garden blooming while keeping your water usage and bills down. Winter is a great time to start collecting water ready for spring planting. To see what’s available visit getcomposting.com or call 0844 571 4444.

If you live on an estate and would like to start composting, our Compost Doctor can help you to set up a community composting scheme to compost your garden and kitchen waste. He is also always on hand to offer general composting advice. You can contact him on compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk.


Compost Awareness Week 2014

April 28, 2014

Man composting5 – 11 May 2014 is International Compost Awareness Week, so if you are thinking about composting now is the time to start!

Discounted bins

All Lambeth residents are entitled to discounted compost bins and wormeries. Visit getcomposting.com or call 0845 658 8866 to order yours. Delivery is free and bins start at just £14.98!

You can also team up with a neighbour or friend to make the most of the buy one, get one half price offer.

No space for a compost bin?

Lack of space needn’t stop you from composting. We can help you to set up a communal composting scheme in your local area. Whether you live on an estate, are part of a food growing group or would like to compost with your neighbours, we can provide all the help you need to get started.  Drop us a line at compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 8948.

 Need advice? Speak to our Compost Doctor

Our very own Compost Doctor is on hand to offer advice. He can provide support with setting up your compost bin and help with any problems you might be experiencing with existing bins. You can contact him on compostdoctor@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 8948. On 7 and 8 May, he will be making a special appearance on Twitter to answer your questions! Please tweet them to @envirolambeth and use #CAW2014.


Would you like to start composting?

March 21, 2014

Resident using a compost binThere are many options to suit different spaces and needs, from small garden composters to larger units that can also compost food waste. So whether you live in a house with a small garden or patio, on an estate, or want to start composting with your neighbours, we can help you to find the right option.

Why compost?

Composting has many benefits, it is easy to do and allows you to reduce your waste locally, meaning that it doesn’t have to be transported and processed elsewhere. It also enables you to transform your leftover food and garden waste into a useful soil improver or liquid feed that can be used on your gardens and allotments.

Composting at home

You don’t need a large garden to compost. In fact, even a small patio can provide enough space for a compost bin or wormery.

Lambeth residents can purchase reduced-price compost bins, wormeries and accessories at get composting.com and delivery is free. You could also team up with a neighbour or friend and make the most of the buy one, get one half price offer.

Please see visit get composting.com or call 0844 571 444, for the latest offers and prices. Remember to use your Lambeth postcode.

Composting on estates and community composting

All Lambeth residents who live on an estate or are interested in starting a community composting scheme can also compost their leftover food or gardening waste.

If you are part of a food growing group or are a group of enthusiastic neighbours, speak to the Compost Doctor who can advise you on how to best get started. Email compost doctor@lambeth.gov.uk.


The Lambeth Country Show is nearly here!

July 16, 2013

Bertie Bulb with Councillor Walker

Bertie Bulb with Councillor Walker

It looks set to be a beautiful weekend and we are very much looking forward to talking to lots of you and hopefully, finding the odd half hour to enjoy some great music and delicious food!

This year, you’ll find us in the picnic and markets area in marquee P23, where we’ll have information on all of your recycling and waste services. If you have any questions, please take the opportunity to come and have a chat with us.

As well as information on current services and the changes coming in the autumn, we’ll have:

Composting
Have a look at the compost bins you can purchase through our subsidised scheme. Starting at just £11.98, they’re a great way to deal with garden and some food waste at home. Come and check them out for size, speak to us about how to start composting and see the results from our office compost bin.

Real Nappies
We’ll have a sample of our Real Nappy Pack, so you can see the different types of reusable nappies, find out how they work, how easy they are to use and how to apply for your own starter pack.

Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre
Come and find out about the recent improvements to the site, which include a new green roof and see examples of how the items you donate for reuse have a positive impact in the local community.

We’ll also have plenty of information about your Local Recycling Points, how to get involved with Depaving, the new food waste service, free no junk mail stickers and rumour has it that Bertie Bulb is making an appearance!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Community composting with the Compost Doctor

June 28, 2013

Food%20Tumbler%20LambethWould you like to start composting but don’t know how to start? The Compost Doctor can help you to find a space on your estate or in your local community and support you to get a successful composting scheme up and running.

There is a range of options to suit different spaces and needs, from small garden composters to larger units that can also compost food waste.

Composting has many benefits. It is cost effective and easy to do and it allows you to deal with your waste locally, meaning that it doesn’t have to be transported and processed elsewhere. It also enables you to transform your leftover food and garden waste into a useful soil improver or liquid feed that can be used on your gardens and allotments.

A garden compost bin is a mini eco-system, with microscopic organisms doing all the hard work and the key is giving them the right balance of ingredients such as ‘green’ (e.g.garden waste which contains nitrogen) and ‘brown’ (e.g.fallen leaves/shredded paper which contain carbon).

So, if you think it could work in your local community, please get in touch.

If you are interested in finding out more about the community and estates composting schemes, visit our composting pages on our website or contact our Compost Doctor, who will be happy to advise you on the most suitable option.

Reduced-price garden compost bins, wormeries, kitchen (bokashi) composters, and water butts are available through our partner, Straight plc. For further information or to place an order see the Get composting website www.getcomposting.com or call them on 0844 571 4444.