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!

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.

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 guide to recycling in Lambeth this Christmas

December 23, 2013

Christmas TreeCards

These can go in your recycling sack or shared recycling bin. You can also take them to your local M&S, where they will be recycled in support of the Woodland Trust. Last year, 10 million cards were collected and 10,000 trees planted as a result!

Alternatively, you can get crafty and make tags for next year’s presents!

Wrapping  paper

Once your presents have been unwrapped, remember to put the wrapping paper in your recycling sack or shared recycling bin. Unfortunately, the metallic-style paper cannot be recycled.


When you’re catering for guests, it’s often difficult to know how much to cook.  If you don’t feel like eating turkey for the whole of January, a good rule of thumb is to allow 1lb per person. If you do have left over food, have a look at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for some great leftover recipes.

Don’t forget the new food waste collection service! You can put all of the bones, peelings and scraps from plates into your caddy.

Cooking  oil

Once you’ve cooked dinner, allow the fat to cool down and pour it into a plastic bottle. Drop it into one of our on-street oil banks where it will be recycled into biodiesel!


When you’ve opened your presents and prepared the food, there is likely to be a lot of packaging ready for recycling. You can use your recycling sack or shared recycling bin to recycle the following:

  • Paper and cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Cans and tins
  • Plastic bottles and plastic pots, tubs and trays
  • Cartons (tetra paks)

You can put out as much recycling for collection as you need to. If you are running short of recycling sacks, you can collect more from your local library or order more online.

Christmas trees

We’ll be collecting Christmas trees as usual this year. To recycle your tree, put it out on your normal collection day throughout January, starting from 6 January 2014.

You can also take your tree to the following sites between 6 January and 13 January 2014.

• Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4

• Streatham Common, rear of Upper Common car park, SW16

• Archbishops Park, Carlisle Lane, SE1

• Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre, Vale Street, SE27 9PA (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)


If you receive new electrical items for Christmas, don’t let the old ones gather dust. If they are in good working order consider donating them to a local charity. If they no longer work, you can recycle them in one of our on-street WEEE banks.


Most of us receive clothes at Christmas. If you need to make room in your wardrobe for the new additions, remember to donate your worn clothes to your local charity shop or send them for reuse in one of our on-street textile banks. Even if the clothes are passed their best, please still put them in one of our banks. Whatever isn’t suitable for reuse will be recycled.

Reuse and recycling centres

If you have additional recycling, you can take it to one of our reuse and recycling centres. You can also recycle a range of additional materials at these sites from bikes and batteries through to white goods. Please check the materials list for each site before visiting.

 Wishing you all a very happy and restful break! 

Starting college or University? Here’s how to make your food and money go further.

September 6, 2013

Shopping listAs autumn fast approaches many students will be heading off to college or university for the first time. There’s a lot to get used to, a new course, new friends and often a new home in a new town.

On top of this you may be cooking for yourself for the first time. Whether you’re heading off somewhere new or have just arrived in Lambeth ready to start your course at a London university, the new student guide from Love Food Hate Waste will help you to get started in the kitchen AND help you to save money.

With really useful tips such as getting your portions right to reduce the amount you waste, to a list of store cupboard essentials to ensure you always have a meal available for those late night essay sessions, the guide will help to set you on the right track. There’s even a video to show you how to make a speedy stir fry!

The Love Food Hate Waste website also features some great recipes for using up leftovers and really helpful information on storing food properly to maximise its shelf life.

If you have just moved to Lambeth and are not sure what you can recycle, you can find all the information you need on our website. We collect paper and cardboard, glass bottles and jars, tins and cans, plastic bottles, pot, tubs and trays, and food and drink cartons from your house or estate recycling bin.

Our website also features lots of general information on schemes and ideas that will help you to reduce waste and save money.

Also, don’t forget websites like Freecycle that are great for picking up free sofas, desks and books that will help to stretch your budget further and reduce waste.

Good luck!


Learn how to repair your bike and tackle food waste at the Stockwell Festival!

August 30, 2013


The Stockwell Festival returns to Larkhall Park on Saturday 7 September, 11.30am – 5.30pm. The theme this year is The World in Stockwell, celebrating the diversity and cultural mix of the local area.

Now in its 13th year, the festival is organised by local community organisation, Stockwell Partnership, in partnership with Friends of Larkhall Park and South Lambeth Market.

The Community Action Zone is new to the Festival for 2013 and supports local residents to get involved in their community. This ranges from campaigning with War on Want to mentoring with South London YMCA to taking action on waste food with Brixton People’s Kitchen. Battersea Cats and Dogs Home are offering free micro-chipping and dog tag engraving and local bike shop Cycle PS are holding free bike repair workshops.

The popular stall holders from South Lambeth Market are pitching up to sell an array of crafts, fair trade fashions, gifts, cakes, fruit and veg and much more. And over at the Food Hall taste the flavours of Stockwell with delicious paella and Guyanese street food.

This year, music is a big part of the Festival, with main stage performances from Stockwell-based RnB sensation Naomi Keysha and Australian DJ Ray Isaac. Diverse local talent is on show in the community performance area, including music and dance from local youth groups In Harmony and Entwined Shades Dance Company.

As always, there’s plenty to keep the children entertained, including face painters, arts and crafts workshops, a stilt walker and fairground rides.
We look forward to seeing you at the Festival. This is an annual free event not to be missed.

If you’d like to get involved, have a stall or volunteer please contact Leila at leila@stockwell.org.uk or call 07772 371 133


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:

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!