Have you visited Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre recently?

April 17, 2015

Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre, in West Norwood accepts a wide range of material for recycling and reuse. From garden waste, fridges and televisions to bicycles and carpet, you can dispose of your unwanted items free of charge at the centre knowing that anything suitable will be reused and what can’t be reused will be recycled.

What can I take to Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre?

Vale St list

The site is open on weekends and Bank Holidays (excluding Christmas) and there are staff on site at all times.

Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre

Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre

As well as improving the range of materials we accept, we have also made a number of changes to site to make it easier, more pleasant and safer to use. Signage has been updated, road markings have been improved and all large containers and staircases have been replaced.

Two green roofs have been installed on our reused shipping container and welfare unit and a area has been set aside as a small wildlife garden.

Bug habitats in the wildlife garden

Bug habitats in the wildlife garden

Green roof on our shipping container

Green roof on our shipping container

You can find full details of the site on our main website.

Recycling – let’s get it right

March 25, 2013

newcampaignlorryHave you seen the new campaign on the side of our recycling and refuse lorries yet? Whilst out and about collecting the borough’s rubbish, the lorries are carrying the new ‘Recycling – let’s get it right’ message.

Unfortunately, some residents are putting non-recyclable items into their orange sacks and estate recycling bins resulting in an extra £0.5m per year on our disposal costs. This is due to the non-recyclable waste having to be processed twice. Firstly at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and then again at the Energy from Waste Plant. We would much prefer to use this money to support other front line services. As such, we are asking all residents to help us clean up our recycling.

Also, when bins are heavily contaminated, for example with food waste, it is necessary to dispose of the waste as rubbish rather than recycling, which is far less preferable environmentally.

Please only put the following items in your recycling sack or estate recycling bin:


Please remember to rinse food packaging and remove all lids.

Further information about recycling can be found on our website and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have. Just send an email to environmentlambeth@lambeth.gov.uk.

Lambeth recycling rate soars!

February 10, 2012

Lambeth residents recyclingOur recycling rate in Lambeth is now 46%! The big increase is due to our change in disposal from landfill to energy from waste.

Since August 2011 all black sack waste has been sent to the new energy from waste plant at Belvedere. The waste is burnt, generating the electricity needs for up to 100,000 homes, and around one-third of the waste leaves the plant as Incinerator Bottom Ash. This is a mixture of ash, metal, glass, brick and other items that won’t burn.

The ash is taken by barge to a specialist recycling facility at Tilbury docks where the metals are extracted for recycling. The remaining ash is then prepared for use as an aggregate and all of it is recycled, mainly as a sub-base for new roads. This means that out of all the waste collected by Lambeth, 46% is now being reused, recycled or composted.

More information on Incinerator Bottom Ash and the Energy from Waste Plant at Belvedere is available on our Waste Strategy web page.