Make the change during Real Nappy Week 2014.

April 24, 2014

HarryMonday 28 April is the start of Real Nappy Week and we are encouraging parents to give real nappies a try!

Over 4,000 babies are born in Lambeth each year and their disposable nappies are thrown out with the general household waste. Currently that’s around 2,000 tonnes of waste costing almost £300,000 a year to dispose of.

There are financial benefits for parents too. It is estimated that you can save up to £650 by switching to real nappies!

To help reduce the number of disposable nappies thrown away in the borough, we introduced the Lambeth Real Nappy Trial Pack. The pack comes in a handy wash bag and contains three ‘all in one’ & ‘one size fits all’ style washable nappies, a roll of liners and a booster liner – everything you need to get started.

To apply for a pack or for more information about the scheme, please see our website.

Our friends over at Real Nappies for London are championing Real Nappy Week across London and are inviting Lambeth parents and babies to join in this years Great Cloth Nappy Change to help break the Guinness World Record and raise awareness of the benefits of using real nappies.

Nappy talks or information demo sessions, popularly known as “Nappuccinos”, are run by real nappy advisors, real nappy networks and/or volunteers. Details of local sessions can be found on their events page.

 

 


Join us at our real nappy demonstration on Saturday 8 February

February 4, 2014

william 5We’re hosting a washable nappy demonstration at our Shakespeare Road offices on Saturday 8 February 2014. Come along to find out more about the benefits of using real nappies for you and your baby.

Our Nappy Advisor will be on hand to offer advice and answer your questions and we’ll have examples of the different types of modern real nappies available. You’ll also have the opportunity to find out more about Lambeth’s free trial pack and how to apply.

We’re running two sessions:

  • 12.30 – 1.30 pm and 2.30 – 3.30 pm.

Places are limited and need to be booked in advance, please choose which session you would like to attend and call 020 7926 8948 or email realnappies@lambeth.gov.uk.

No parking is available on site but pay and display parking is available on-street. The nearest train stations are Herne Hill and Loughborough Junction.


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:

Composting
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.


Join us at our next washable nappy demonstrations

May 22, 2013

HarryOur washable nappy demonstrations, led by our Real Nappy Adviser, give new and expectant parents the chance to find out more about real nappies.

Come along to meet other parents who have already switched to real nappies, learn how much you could save and find out how to apply for a Real Nappy Trial Pack.

The next two events are:

Brockwell Park One O’Clock Club
Entrance from Arlingford Road, Off Tulse Hill, SW2 2TA
Wednesday 29th May
Time 1pm – 2pm

Spaces are limited, so please email realnappies@lambeth.gov.uk to book your place.

Shakespeare Road Depot
185-205 Shakespeare Road,SE24 0PZ
(On street pay and display parking is available near by)
Saturday 1st June
Time 1pm – 2pm

For more information about real nappies, please visit our website or email realnappies@lambeth.gov.uk


Real Nappy Week 2013 in Lambeth

April 8, 2013

william 515th – 21st April is Real Nappy Week and we’re  encouraging parents to try real nappies.

Approximately 5,000 babies are born in Lambeth each year and disposable nappies make up three per cent of household waste. Currently that’s around 2,000 tonnes of waste costing almost £300,000 a year to dispose of.

There are financial benefits for parents too. It is estimated that you can save up to £650 by switching to real nappies!

To reduce the number of disposable nappies thrown away in the borough, we introduced the Lambeth Real Nappy Trial Pack.

The pack comes in a handy wash bag and contains three ‘all in one’ & ‘one size fits all’ style washable nappies, a roll of liners and a booster liner. Everything you need to get started.

We spoke to some of the Lambeth parents who have used our trial pack.

Cassie was very positive about her experience

I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t use real nappies. They’re easy to use, a money saver, they look adorable and they’re good for the environment.

Swapping to real nappies seemed like a monumental decision to us but once we’d taken the plunge we haven’t looked back.

Katie explained how straightforward it is.

I was discouraged from getting washable nappies by quite a few people, who told me I’d be washing nappies all the time, which has never been the case.

There’s plenty of support for parents who would like to swap to real nappies. We organise regular washable nappy demonstrations and Philip, Lambeth’s very own washable nappy advisor has built up a friendly network of professional nappy advisors and parents who regularly meet to help others who are using or want to use washable nappies.

Our next scheduled event is:

Brockwell Park One O’Clock Club

Entrance from Arlingford Road, Off Tulse Hill, SW2 2TA

Wednesday 17th April

Time 1pm – 2pm.

Please book a place if you wish to attend, as space is limited. Email realnappies@lambeth.gov.uk

If you would like our Real Nappy Advisor to attend your event or meeting, please drop us a line realnappies@lambeth.gov.uk

To apply for a pack or for more information about the scheme and events, please see our website www.lambeth.gov.uk/realnappies


Real nappy trial packs give parents a head start.

February 12, 2013

HarryIf you are a new parent or are expecting a baby, you may be considering washable (real) nappies. It is estimated that switching from disposables can save you up to £650!

Lambeth’s real nappy trial packs give you the opportunity to see how real nappies work for you before you invest. Each pack comes in a handy wash bag and contains three all in one nappies suitable for all sizes and a roll of liners.

Over 50 new parents and babies in Lambeth are now using washable nappies after receiving their washable nappy trial pack since April 2012.

Local mum, Aga, describes her experience of using the trial pack.

I am already saving money on nappies. The trial pack helped me to decide to go ahead and invest in washable nappies. My calculation shows that 8 months after my initial investment of £200 into real nappies it has paid itself off and will save me money from now on. I thought that using the nappies would require extra effort, but actually it is very little work and gives me a great satisfaction that I am not wasting resources or my money.

Our Real Nappy Advisor organises regular nappy demonstrations and has built up a friendly network of professional nappy advisors and new mums who regularly meet to offer support to others who are using or want to use real nappies.

Join us at one of our events:

Wednesday 13 February 1pm – 3pm

1 O’Clock Club
Brockwell Park
Arlingford Road, entrance off Tulse Hill
SW2 2TA

Wednesday 27 February 2pm – 3pm

Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
London
SW16 1PN

Please email realnappies@lambeth.gov.uk or call 020 7926 8948 to book your place. To find out more about real nappies, visit our webpage or email questions to realnappies@lambeth.gov.uk.