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.


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!


Making the most of the rain

April 10, 2015

If you have a garden, an allotment or are involved in a community growing scheme, you’re likely to be busy planting and preparing for the coming season and making the most of the beautiful weather we’ve been enjoying this last week!

As soon as the sun starts shining, we start using more water in our gardens but this needn’t come from the mains; a water butt is a great way to save water and maintain your flowers and food crops. On average a water butt will collect 1,380 litres of rain water a year. Not only is it a free resource, it’s better for your plants as it contains more nutrients than tap water.

Water butts are very easy to install – you can connect them to down pipes from your house or from out buildings such as greenhouses or garden sheds.

All Lambeth residents are entitled to discounted water butts through www.getcomposting.com. There are two sizes available:

The 100 litre butt kit is suitable for smaller gardens and patios.

100 Litre water butt kit£24.98. Comes with everything you need to get started.

The 190 litre butt kit is suitable for larger spaces.

190 Litre water butt

Both kits come with everything you need to set them up and are also in the Buy One, Get One Half Price offer, so you can team up with a friend or neighbour to make a larger saving.

You can also keep an eye on sites such as Freecycle of Gumtree for free or secondhand water butts or even make your own.

Some other useful garden water-saving tips:

  • Water your plants early in the morning or in the evening to avoid unnecessary evaporation.
  • Choose plants that need less water such as Lavender
  • Place mulch around the base of plants to help soil retain moisture
  • Cut your lawn less frequently to keep it green and healthy throughout the summer months

In addition to water butts, www.getcomposting.com have a range of compost bins and wormeries starting at £14.98.


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.


Your new weekly garden waste collection service

March 12, 2014

Registration is open for the garden waste collection service which is now weekly and runs from 1 April to 31 March each year. Garden waste is collected on the same day as your rubbish, food waste and recycling.

You can use the service to recycle:

  • ​grass cuttings
  • leaves and twigs
  • weeds, shrubs, plants and flowers
  • hedge trimmings
  • branches up to 10cm diameter
  • pet bedding from plant-eating animals

All of the garden waste collected in the borough is sent for treatment via In-vessel Composting (IVC) along with your food waste. The finished product is then used on farmland around London reducing the need for artificial fertilisers.

How do I sign up?

If you have used the service before you can renew your membership online.

If you have not used the service, but would like to subscribe you can find out more on our garden waste pages .

Composting at home

If you would prefer to compost your own garden waste, you can purchase a compost bin from just £11.98  at www.getcomposting.com.​ Have a look at our getting started  and getting results posts for help and advice.