Lambeth performs well in new carbon-based recycling league table.

July 3, 2015

For many years recycling percentage has been used to compare the performance of local authorities. Performance is based on the weight of the waste local authorities reuse, recycle or compost/digest as a percentage of the total weight of waste produced.

However Ricardo-AEA, a global sustainability consultancy, has developed the first full UK local authority waste management league table based on carbon emission factors. They argue that a better reflection of environmental benefit is to look at the global warming potential based on the disposal method of each material collected.

We’re really pleased to see that under this measure Lambeth rank 57th out of a total of 433 UK local authorities.

The analysis takes into account the end process for residual waste (rubbish) and councils that no longer send this waste to landfill perform far better than those that do. Landfilling material that degrades underground has a significant carbon impact of +463 kg per tonne.

No waste from Lambeth has been landfilled since August 2011. All rubbish collected in the borough is sent by river to an Energy from Waste plant in Belvedere. Once there, the waste is burned at high temperature generating electricity for up to 100,000 homes.

Find out more about rubbish and recycling in Lambeth on our website.

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.

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!

Sign up to receive our weekly Green Community Champion e-newsletter

November 21, 2014

GreenField_jpgWould you like to receive a weekly update of all that’s green in Lambeth? We’ve put together a weekly e-newsletter which is a round up of local events, projects, vacancies, meetings, courses and good news stories.

We are also really happy to receive submissions for the newsletter, so if you are looking for volunteers for your project, would like to advertise your local group or tell us about something you’re working on to make your neighbourhood greener, then please drop us a line at

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.

Free trips to the recycling centre for Lambeth school children

September 5, 2014
Recycling being sorted by machine

Recycling being sorted by machine

A trip to our transfer station and recycling facility is great way to help children learn about looking after their environment. Your pupils (and staff) can see what happens to what they throw away, and learn why it is so important to reduce, reuse and recycle their own waste.
Children can see and feel recycled materials, get ideas for their own recycling crafts, and have a go at sorting rubbish themselves. They can then watch recycling being sorted by machine into different materials.
Outside they can view our cranes loading 12 tonne containers of black bag rubbish onto barges on the Thames, ready to be transported for burning to generate electricity. They can also meet our composting worms.

New for 2014/15 – you can extend your visit with a hands on recycling session, each child can make their own piece of recycled paper to take home!

Previous visitors have really enjoyed the sessions!

“the children said it was the smelliest trip but the best – high praise indeed”

“the children (and adults) had a fantastic time and came back to school full of new information and lots of ideas on how we can promote the 3 Rs.”

Visits are FREE but must be booked in advance. Please email or call on 020 88758885/9 to make a booking.
For more information visit the WRWA website.