It’s Recycle Week 2015!

June 22, 2015

RW_Badge_2014Recycling around the home – how to get the best out of every room!

This year, the theme is recycling around the home and we want to help you recycle more by highlighting all of the other items in the home that can be recycled but sometimes get overlooked.

Think about the bathroom, toothpaste boxes and toilet roll inner tubes can be recycled, along with plastic shampoo, bleach and bathroom cleaners, and liquid soap bottles – just remember to remove the trigger spray and pump dispenser tops. There’s so many items in the bathroom waiting to be recycled that can make a huge difference. For instance, if everyone in the UK recycled one toothpaste box, it would save enough energy to run a fridge in over 2,000 homes for a year.

In the bedroom, empty tissue boxes, old magazines and empty deodorant aerosols can be recycled. If everyone in the UK recycled one aluminium deodorant aerosol, enough energy would be saved to run a TV in over 151,000 homes for a year!

Moving on to the living room, envelopes, newspapers and cardboard packaging from online shopping can all go straight into the recycling. Even air fresheners can make a difference, if one aluminium air freshener aerosol is recycled by everyone in the UK; enough energy could be saved to vacuum over 876,000 homes for a year!

Along with the usual drinks bottles in the kitchen, you can also recycle plastic washing-up liquid bottles and pots, tubs and trays. Remember to look in the cupboard under the sink for plastic bleach and surface cleaner bottles which can also be recycled. It’s good to know that plastic drinks bottles can be turned into football shirts, fleeces and even more plastic bottles!

If you would like a reminder of everything you can recycle in Lambeth, just visit our website. Remember that you can also use your nearest Local Recycling Point, to recycle additional items such as clothing, shoes, small electricals, batteries and light bulbs.

Your recycling efforts are really making a difference, so we’d like to say thank you!

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


Find out what happens to your recycling – join our tour this Recycle Week

June 9, 2014
Recycling when it arrives at the MRF

Recycling when it arrives at the MRF

To mark the start of Recycle Week 2014 we are offering you the chance to see what happens to your recycling once it has been collected.

The tour will take you through the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) where you’ll be able to see the sorting machines in action and find out how all of the items that you place together into your clear sacks and estate recycling bins are separated and prepared for recycling.

Recycling being sorted by machine

Recycling being sorted by machine

Where: Western Riverside Waste Authority, Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, SW18 1JS

When: Monday 16 June at 10.30am (it will last approximately two hours).

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book yours, email

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.

Lambeth recycling – myths or truths?

June 21, 2012
Baled plastic bottles ready for recycling

A bale of plastic bottles at the MRF in Wandsworth, ready for recycling.

We often get asked questions about the finer details of recycling by our conscientious recyclers, so we thought as part of Recycle Week, we’d bust a few myths and confirm a few truths!

Do I need to remove my bottle tops?

Yes please! When your bottles (glass and plastic) arrive at the MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) for sorting, the lids can cause problems for the machinery. Also, if they become separated from the bottle, they can contaminate other material streams, for example paper.

Do I need to remove the clear windows from my envelopes?

No, this used to be an issue but modern paper mills are able to cope with the removal of windows.

Do I really need to wash all of my recycling?

You just need to make sure that food residue is removed from packaging, so items such as yoghurt pots and margarine tubs need a rinse before going in your orange sack or estate recycling bin. Too much food residue can damage other materials such as paper and is also unpleasant for workers who sort materials by hand. Use your washing up water when you’re finished to reduce water usage.

What plastics can I recycle in Lambeth?

You can recycle plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays.

  • Plastic bottles – for example, drinks, shampoo, toiletries and cleaning products
  • Pots – for example, yoghurt, houmous and cream
  • Tubs – for example, ice-cream, margarine and soups
  • Trays – for example, fruit and vegetables, meat and ready meals

Plastic bags and film are not recyclable in your orange sack or estate recycling bin but your local supermarket may have a collection point in the foyer.

Do you have a question about recycling? Tweet us @lambeth_council #recycleweek or leave a comment on this post.

For more information about recycling in Lambeth, visit our website

It’s Recycle Week!

June 18, 2012

Recycle Week banner This week, 18-24 June is Recycle Week and we’d like to say a big thank you to Lambeth residents for recycling.

As we mentioned earlier in the year (Lambeth recycling rate soars!), we are now recycling a fantastic 46% of our waste. The following fun facts show just what a positive impact recycling can have:

  • Last year, Lambeth residents recycled enough plastic bottles to make a fleece jacket for every resident in Lambeth, Wandsworth, Southwark and Kensington and Chelsea!
  • The water saved by recycling paper in Lambeth last year could fill 971 Olympic swimming pools!
  • By recycling, Lambeth residents saved £1.4 million in disposal costs.

The theme of this year’s Recycle Week is Recycling at Home and Away and as such, we are encouraging Lambeth residents to recycle while out and about and at home.

Recycling while out and about

  • Local recycling points and commuter recycling bins

There are over 28 local recycling points around the borough where you can recycle a range of different materials.

To find your nearest site and see what you can recycle there; visit our local recycling point webpage.

You will also find recycling bins for newspapers and magazines at 14 of the main train and tube stations in the borough.

  • Lambeth libraries

Did you know that you can now recycle household batteries at your local library? Don’t forget that you can also collect orange sacks from all libraries if you have run out.

  • Supermarkets

Many of the larger stores now accept plastic bags for recycling. Alongside plastic bags, you can recycle other plastic film such as bread bags, wrappers for toilet and kitchen roll and multi-pack wrappings, from products such as baked beans and drinks cans.

Recycling at home

Did you know that you can now recycle plastic pots, tubs and trays alongside plastic bottles? This includes yoghurt pots, ice cream tubs and the tray from your ready meal or meat.

Also, have you thought about the plastics in other areas of the house? The bathroom is full of plastic bottles, all of which can be recycled. And packaging from cleaning products, such as bleach bottles can also be recycled in your orange sack or estate bin.