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


There are now even more on-street recycling banks in Lambeth

May 30, 2014

On-street recycling banks

There are now 89 on-street recycling locations in Lambeth, meaning that wherever you live or work in the borough, it’s now even easier to recycle more!

On-street recycling banks allow you to recycle items that you cannot put into your clear sacks or estate recycling bins. Currently, we have on-street recycling banks for:

  • Textiles and clothing
  • Shoes
  • Small electrical items
  • Low-energy light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Cooking oil

To find your nearest on-street recycling location and see what you can recycle there – just visit our updated location map.

Most of the items placed into the banks will be sent straight for recycling. Some items, such as clothing, shoes, books, CDs and DVDs are collected by charities and reused.

If you have clothing that isn’t suitable for reuse please still put it into the textile banks as it will be recycled.

For more information on recycling in the borough visit our website.


You recycled 17 tonnes of small electricals in our on-street recycling banks last year and now it’s even easier to recycle more!

September 11, 2013

comms%20picture_WEEELast year you used the WEEE banks at your Local Recycling Points to recycle 17 tonnes of small electrical items. Thank you! Recycling your electrical items means that the valuable materials used in their production can be used to make new items.

We have introduced 11 new banks across the borough to make it even easier to recycle your small electricals.

The new banks have improved, larger hatches which allow bigger items such as VCRs, desktop computer towers and microwaves to be recycled.

You’ll find the new banks at the following locations:

  • Kennington Lane, next to the Boris Bike station, SE11 4HJ
  • Tesco Car Park – access from Kennington Lane, SE11 5QU
  • Woodchurch House, Cowley Estate off Brixton Road, SW9 6LU
  • Railton Road – next to Alexander House, SE24 0LX
  • Tulse Hill estate, Deway Lane, SW2 2JB
  • Belthorn Crescent Junction Anfield Close, SW12 ONF
  • Streatham Vale, Junction with Woodgate Drive, SW16 5TE
  • Gabriel House Old Paradise Street, SE11 6AL
  • High Trees junction with Tulse Hill, SW2 3BZ
  • Holwood Place , off Clapham Park Road, SW4 7BQ
  • Roupell Park Estate, Fireview Place, SW2 2SL

For maps of these locations, please visit the Local Recycling Points page on our website.

Larger electrical items can be taken to one of our Local Recycling Centres  or if they are in working order, you can arrange a collection so that they can be reused.

You may also be able to donate working electrical items to a local charity, but you should check that they are able to accept it first.

New light bulb and battery recycling banks arrive in Lambeth

May 16, 2013

One of our new bulb and battery banks next to media and textile banks

One of our new bulb and battery banks next to media and textile banks

Working in partnership with recycling specialist Recolight, we have introduced specially designed recycling containers for old low energy light bulbs and batteries. With 19 sites across the borough we have the most comprehensive collection service for light bulbs in the country. The banks can be found at:

1. Acre Lane, Brixton (by Tesco)
2. Barrington Road shopping parade, Brixton
3. Baylis Road, Waterloo (by Waterloo Millennium Green)
4. Belthorn Crescent, Weir Estate, Thornton (by Olding House)
5. Brixton Road, by Max Roach Park, Brixton
6. Clarence Avenue, at junction with Kings Avenue, Clapham
7. Garlinge House, Cowley Estate, Vassal
8. High Trees, Tulse Hill (at junction with A205 Tulse Hill Road)
9. Larkhill Lane, by Larkhall Park, Stockwell
10. Norwood High Street, outside Nettlefold Hall, West Norwood
11. Railton Road, Herne Hill (by Alexander House)
12. Spurgeon Estate, Thorne Road, Stockwell
13. Streatham High Road, near junction with Gracefield Gardens
14. Streatham Vale, on pavement in front of Homebase car park
15. Telford Avenue, at junction with Streatham Hill, Streatham
16. Tesco Car Park, Kennington
17. The Pavement, near Clapham Common tube
18. Valley Road, by junction with Streatham Common North, Streatham
19. Wandsworth Road, by Westbury estate, Clapham.

We successfully bid for a Government grant to fund the costs of the containers and they will be emptied free of charge by Recolight. All the light bulbs collected will be sent for recycling at approved treatment facilities. Modern low energy light bulbs typically last over six times as long as, and use a quarter of the power of, an equivalent incandescent bulb. Most importantly, low energy light bulbs save energy and reduce costs. In order to generate their energy saving properties low energy light bulbs contain small amounts of mercury which can be damaging to the environment. It is therefore important to ensure that they are recycled rather than thrown away in the household rubbish.

For more information and to find out what you can recycle at your local recycling point, please visit our website.