Free collections of furniture and electrical items in Lambeth

April 24, 2015

Emmaus.If you have furniture or white goods that you no longer need, you may be able to arrange a free collection through one of Lambeth’s reuse charities.

Emmaus Lambeth provide a home and work to 54 previously homeless people at their centre in West Norwood. They support this work through the collection and resale of household items at their shops across the borough. Free collections of furniture, white goods and electrical items can be arranged by visiting their website or calling 020 8761 4276. All items must be in a suitable condition for resale.

The British Heart Foundation also provide a free collection of furniture and large and small electrical items for resale in their Brixton shop. You can arrange a collection online or call 0808 250 0030.

If you have transport, Smugglers Way Household waste and Recycling Centre also accepts good quality furniture and electrical items for reuse. Any items not suitable for resale will be recycled. White goods and electrical items can also be taken to Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Donate your unwanted furniture and household goods to local community groups.

January 16, 2015
A chair being refurbished ready for resale.

A chair being refurbished ready for resale.

You may have recently received a leaflet or noticed the new advertisements on our collection vehicles for The London Reuse Network. The network is made up of charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations that work together to increase reuse across London.

Unwanted furniture, appliances and household items are collected, checked for quality and safety, refurbished and prepared for resale at affordable prices to low-income and recently rehoused families.

In addition, the scheme creates jobs and provides training in furniture repair, administration and retail skills, helping people back into work.

Collections are available to all Lambeth residents, so if you have recently had a clear out and have items that are suitable for reuse, please consider donating them.

For a £20 fee, up to four items can be collected from inside your home. Alternatively, you can  drop the items off free of charge at Smugglers  Way Reuse and Recycling Centre.

To book a collection, please call 020 3142 8506 or you can do it online at

Items can be collected from your home.

Items can be collected from your home.

Full details of the items accepted can be found on their website. All items must be suitable for reuse.

If you have broken items, you can arrange collection through the Bulky Waste Collection Service or you can take them to one of our Reuse and Recycling Centres for recycling. Please check opening items and material lists before visiting as they vary between sites.

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.

Upcycle at the Africa Calling exhibition!

August 29, 2014
Light made by Heath Nash from plastic yoghurt bottles.

Light made by Heath Nash from plastic yoghurt bottles.

The Africa Calling exhibition which forms part of the Africa Utopia Festival at the Royal Festival Hall (12-14 September), will showcase contemporary African design including upcycled furniture by Yinka Ilori and recycled plastic lights by Heath Nash.

Heath, a pioneer in working with everyday plastic objects to create stunning lights and installations, will be running a series of drop in workshops for the general public. He has 10 years of experience of running workshops for all ages and abilities and has a really innovative approach to promoting the idea of recycling.

Here at Lambeth, we’re very happy to be able to support the event by collecting plastic bottles for use in the workshops at our Reuse and Recycling Centre. So, if you would like to see your used milk or bleach bottles transformed into something beautiful, please drop them down to the collection point on site!

The free event is running from 10am on 12 September to 11.30pm on 14 September, at Level 2, The Foyer, Royal Festival Hall.

We’d love to see pictures of your creations if you attend! Tweet them to @Envirolambeth

It’s Recycle Week!

June 16, 2014

RW_FB_Profile_PIC_201416 – 22 June 2014 marks Recycle Week which provides us with the perfect opportunity to thank you for using your waste and recycling services and to let you know what you’ve achieved over the last year.

The great news is that you have been recycling more and throwing less away! By the end of this year you’ll have recycled 26% more while reducing the rubbish you throw away by 8%!

The introduction of the new food waste service will lead to the equivalent of 466 trucks of food waste being sent for composting this year. Food that would otherwise have been thrown away is now used on farmland around London reducing the need for artificial fertilisers.

These improvements will not only save an estimated 1,112 tonnes of CO2 equivalent but will also mean that less money has to be spent on the disposal of your waste.

So please keep up the good work, as you can see it’s making a real difference!

The theme for this year’s Recycle Week is recycling at home and away, so remember that as well as everything you can recycle in your clear sack or estate recycling bin; you can recycle even more at your local on-street recycling point.

You can also visit one of the three Reuse and Recycling Centres in the borough where you can recycle and reuse a range of materials including bulky items such as fridges, cookers and carpet.

If you have bulky items that are good enough to be reused by someone else, you can book a collection with the London Reuse Network.

Information on all of our waste and recycling services can be found at


Give your unwanted items a second chance!

May 19, 2014

Heart-4Items that you no longer want or need can often be used by someone else. There are lots of ways to donate and reuse unwanted items in Lambeth.

Charity shops

Charity shops accept good quality, reusable items during opening hours, such as books, bric-a-brac, CDs, clothes, games, records and shoes. Please check with your local charity shop to see what they can accept.


The following organisations in Lambeth accept good quality unwanted furniture and white goods for re-sale.

You can also offer items to other residents for free on Lambeth Freecycle.

Mobile phones

91% of adults in the UK now own a mobile phone and with regular upgrades available, most of us have old phones at home that we no longer use. Most mobile phone shops will accept old handsets for reuse or recycling and many charities recycle phones to raise funds.

Fonesforsafety, an organisation based in Elephant and Castle, reconfigure old handsets into ‘999 only’ phone alarms for vistims and survivors of domestic violence. Visit the fonesforsafety website for information on their work and how to donate.

Clothing and textiles

Most charity shops will be happy to take your unwanted clothing and textiles for reuse. You can also use one of our on-street textile recycling banks. Any clothing placed into the banks which is unsuitable for reuse will be recycled.

Some charities provide door to door collections of textiles and you may have collection sacks posted through your letterbox. Unfortunately, there have been problems with bogus collectors. To ensure that your donation benefits a genuine charity, please follow this advice issued by the Metropolitan Police.

Swishing is an increasingly popular way of swapping clothing you no longer want for something you will wear. Visit for information on parties in your area or organise your own party at home.

IT equipment and electrical goods

Some charities will accept working IT and electrical items for reuse. Not all charity shops are able to, so please check before donating.

In Lambeth, you can donate your working equipment and goods to one of the following organisations:

Broken goods can be taken to one of our Reuse and Recycling Centres and small electrical items such as kettles and hairdryers can be placed into one of our on-street WEEE banks.

Garden and hand tools

Tools shed is a project that organises the refurbishment of garden tools at HMP Wandsworth for redistribution to community gardening schemes and schools. All tools donated at Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre will be donated to this project. To find out more visit the Tools Shed website.

Cycooldelic offering restored bikes at cool prices.

January 31, 2014
Cycooldelic's shop on Brixton Road which has now closed down

Cycooldelic’s shop on Brixton Road which has now closed down

Our friends at Cycooldelic have had to move out of their premises on Brixton Road and while they are looking for a new home, they have some very good deals on refurbished bikes.

Cycooldelic refurbish and restore second-hand bikes ready for resale and have given a new lease of life to many of the bikes dropped at Lambeth’s Reuse and Recycling Centre. They also run bike maintenance workshops, help local people on low-incomes to access bikes and promote cycling as a free and sustainable way of getting from A to B!

If you would like to find out more about the bikes currently available, please call Leo on 07944 690 907.

You can also follow them on Twitter @cycooldelic