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!

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!


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!

Taking a look at the last ten years of Recycle Week in Lambeth.

June 17, 2013

Lambeth residents recyclingThis week, 17 to 23 June, marks the 10th anniversary of Recycle Week. We’ve come a long way since the week was first launched in 2003. Back then, Lambeth residents were separating just 11% of waste and now, it’s a impressive 32%. You can now use your orange sack or estate recycling bin to recycle paper and card, tins and cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic pots, tubs and trays and food and drink cartons easily from home and our Local Recycling Points now accept a range of materials including textiles and shoes, small electrical items and most recently light bulbs and batteries.

For larger items, you can use our Reuse and Recycling Centres to recycle a range of additional materials from carpet and bicycles to white goods and cooking oil.

Garden and food waste is also finding its way out of Lambeth’s rubbish bins. 296 of you purchased compost bins through our susbsidised scheme in the last year and our Real Nappy Scheme is helping new parents to make the transition from disposables to reusables.

Did you know?

•All materials collected in orange sacks in Lambeth are recycled in the UK.

•We collected over 20,000 tonnes of mixed recycling from orange sacks and estate recycling bins last year. All of which was sorted at our Materials Recovery Facility in Wandsworth.

•All garden waste collected through our garden waste service is composted in Croydon and used as a soil improver and substitute for artificial fertilisers on farmland.

•Rubbish collected in Lambeth is sent to an Energy from Waste Plant in the London Borough of Bexley. At the end of the process, any glass, metal and rubble that has accidentally found its way into your rubbish bins, is extracted from the ash and recycled into new metal products and aggregate for road building.

•Last year, you donated 200 tonnes of textiles for reuse and recycling, helping charities such as TRAID and Scope.

So, we’d like to say a big thank you to all of you for helping to reduce the amount we throw away and increasing the amount we reuse and recycle.

Our website highlights all the options for reducing, reusing and recycling in Lambeth, so please take a look if you would like to find out more about reducing food waste, donating unwanted goods, home and community composting, real nappies and more.

Brand new app that helps you to save £££ and waste less!

April 24, 2013

Screen shot of the new Love Food Hate Waste appHelp is at hand for anyone who wants to keep track of their budgets by food planning, shopping, making the most of left-overs and recipes while ‘on the go’, thanks to a newly-updated app from Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW).

Launched today (Wednesday, April 24th) and available for both iPhone and Android devices, the app enables users to organise a wide range of information and features, and tailor this to their own, individual requirements.

The free app offers a host of features including:

  • ‘My kitchen’ – store details of all the foods you’ve got at home in your fridge, freezer and cupboards. Add ‘use by’ reminders so you don’t waste food
  • Portion planner and a meal planning diary
  • 100s of great recipes (with new ones regularly added) with simple, step-by-step instructions
  • A feast of helpful tips and ideas from LFHW
  • Keep a record of your own creations by adding your recipes to a ‘My cookbook’ section
  • Rate and share recipes
  • Portion planner and a meal planner diary
  • ‘Shopping list’ not only tracks everything you need for your planned meals, but also alerts you if you have duplicates of any ingredients.  Instantly ‘unpack’ your food purchases into your virtual kitchen

The updated app also offers a ‘My profile’ area where users can record what they’ve cooked, culinary ‘achievements’, and, the chance to opt for connecting via Facebook or Twitter with friends and family who also use the app.

In the UK, we throw away 7.2 million tonnes of food every year, much of which could have been eaten. This good food and drink costs us around £12bn a year, and the average household could save up to £50 a month by making the most of the food they buy.

Smartphone users can download the app from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play Store.

Keeping our food fresher for longer

March 5, 2013

ONION1Storing our food in its packaging can help keep it fresher for up to two weeks longer and save the average family up to £270 a year. But new research released today from Love Food Hate Waste shows that only 13% of us realise that packaging can play an important role in protecting food in our homes.

Even though the majority us, 61% in fact, are mistakingly thinking fruit and vegetables will sweat and go off quicker if they’re left in the pack. The evidence shows that if we keep our food in its packaging and store it according to the label when we get home, we would have more time to eat it, reducing the 4.4 million tonnes of good food and drink wasted each year.

Love Food Hate Waste has launched ‘Fresher for Longer’ the perfect way to help us not waste food. The theme shows how packaging can not only protect our food from damage on its way to the shops, but keep it fresher for longer in our homes.

A few packaging facts:

  • Shrink-wrapped cucumbers will last around five times longer than non-shrink-wrapped ones.
  • In the UK we buy almost 40 million tonnes of food & drink every year, and this is protected by less than 4 million tonnes of packaging
  • The impact on the environment of food waste is many times greater than the packaging it comes in:
    • 6 times greater for apples
    • 30 times greater for tomatoes and
    • 100 times greater for lettuce.

For full information on the report and to find out more about keeping your food fresher for longer, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.