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 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, have a range of compost bins and wormeries starting at £14.98.

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, 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 for more information.

We’ve more garden tools to give away!

September 16, 2014

Once again, our partners at Tools Shed have kindly donated sets of refurbished garden tools for Lambeth schools and community groups.

Refurbished tools ready for redistribution.

Refurbished tools ready for redistribution.

The tools, which were donated at Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre by residents, have been refurbished at HMP Wandsworth. The scheme gives unwanted garden tools a new lease of life and enables prisoners to learn new skills.

If you would like a set of tools, please email with a brief description of your organisation or project.

We look forward to getting these tools working back in the community they came from!

If you have tools rusting away in your garage or shed, please bring them along to Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre.

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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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

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​ Have a look at our getting started  and getting results posts for help and advice.