There are now even more on-street recycling banks in Lambeth

May 30, 2014

On-street recycling banks

There are now 89 on-street recycling locations in Lambeth, meaning that wherever you live or work in the borough, it’s now even easier to recycle more!

On-street recycling banks allow you to recycle items that you cannot put into your clear sacks or estate recycling bins. Currently, we have on-street recycling banks for:

  • Textiles and clothing
  • Shoes
  • Small electrical items
  • Low-energy light bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Cooking oil

To find your nearest on-street recycling location and see what you can recycle there – just visit our updated location map.

Most of the items placed into the banks will be sent straight for recycling. Some items, such as clothing, shoes, books, CDs and DVDs are collected by charities and reused.

If you have clothing that isn’t suitable for reuse please still put it into the textile banks as it will be recycled.

For more information on recycling in the borough visit our website.


Give your unwanted items a second chance!

May 19, 2014

Heart-4Items that you no longer want or need can often be used by someone else. There are lots of ways to donate and reuse unwanted items in Lambeth.

Charity shops

Charity shops accept good quality, reusable items during opening hours, such as books, bric-a-brac, CDs, clothes, games, records and shoes. Please check with your local charity shop to see what they can accept.


The following organisations in Lambeth accept good quality unwanted furniture and white goods for re-sale.

You can also offer items to other residents for free on Lambeth Freecycle.

Mobile phones

91% of adults in the UK now own a mobile phone and with regular upgrades available, most of us have old phones at home that we no longer use. Most mobile phone shops will accept old handsets for reuse or recycling and many charities recycle phones to raise funds.

Fonesforsafety, an organisation based in Elephant and Castle, reconfigure old handsets into ‘999 only’ phone alarms for vistims and survivors of domestic violence. Visit the fonesforsafety website for information on their work and how to donate.

Clothing and textiles

Most charity shops will be happy to take your unwanted clothing and textiles for reuse. You can also use one of our on-street textile recycling banks. Any clothing placed into the banks which is unsuitable for reuse will be recycled.

Some charities provide door to door collections of textiles and you may have collection sacks posted through your letterbox. Unfortunately, there have been problems with bogus collectors. To ensure that your donation benefits a genuine charity, please follow this advice issued by the Metropolitan Police.

Swishing is an increasingly popular way of swapping clothing you no longer want for something you will wear. Visit for information on parties in your area or organise your own party at home.

IT equipment and electrical goods

Some charities will accept working IT and electrical items for reuse. Not all charity shops are able to, so please check before donating.

In Lambeth, you can donate your working equipment and goods to one of the following organisations:

Broken goods can be taken to one of our Reuse and Recycling Centres and small electrical items such as kettles and hairdryers can be placed into one of our on-street WEEE banks.

Garden and hand tools

Tools shed is a project that organises the refurbishment of garden tools at HMP Wandsworth for redistribution to community gardening schemes and schools. All tools donated at Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre will be donated to this project. To find out more visit the Tools Shed website.

Schools WEEE recycling competition launched

October 18, 2013
WEEE Schools Launch

Launching the competition at Ashmole Primary School with representatives from partner organisations and Councillor Walker

On Monday, we launched a borough-wide waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling competition at Ashmole Primary School in Kennington.

The competition is open to all Lambeth schools and participants have the chance to win cash prizes of £500, £300 and £200, which have been funded by our partners, Veolia Environmental Solutions, DHL Envirosolutions and SWEEEP Kuusakoski.

Participating schools are given a pink skip for a week during which pupils, teachers and parents are encouraged to clear out their cupboards, sheds, lofts and garages for old electrical items and bring them in for recycling rather than throwing them in the bin at home.

The project, which is linked to the National Curriculum encourages pupils to recycle old electrical equipment, such as toasters, hairdryers, DVD players, kettles and radios and highlights the importance of recycling electrical items.

Ashmole Primary School is the first in the borough to take part, with many others already signing up. Dates are being booked between October 2013 – July 2014 and are subject to availability.

If your school would like to participate please contact Amanda Hamley: 01795 434 125 or visit

You can recycle electrical items all year round in Lambeth, either by visiting a Local Recycling Point or one of our Reuse and Recycling Centres.

You recycled 17 tonnes of small electricals in our on-street recycling banks last year and now it’s even easier to recycle more!

September 11, 2013

comms%20picture_WEEELast year you used the WEEE banks at your Local Recycling Points to recycle 17 tonnes of small electrical items. Thank you! Recycling your electrical items means that the valuable materials used in their production can be used to make new items.

We have introduced 11 new banks across the borough to make it even easier to recycle your small electricals.

The new banks have improved, larger hatches which allow bigger items such as VCRs, desktop computer towers and microwaves to be recycled.

You’ll find the new banks at the following locations:

  • Kennington Lane, next to the Boris Bike station, SE11 4HJ
  • Tesco Car Park – access from Kennington Lane, SE11 5QU
  • Woodchurch House, Cowley Estate off Brixton Road, SW9 6LU
  • Railton Road – next to Alexander House, SE24 0LX
  • Tulse Hill estate, Deway Lane, SW2 2JB
  • Belthorn Crescent Junction Anfield Close, SW12 ONF
  • Streatham Vale, Junction with Woodgate Drive, SW16 5TE
  • Gabriel House Old Paradise Street, SE11 6AL
  • High Trees junction with Tulse Hill, SW2 3BZ
  • Holwood Place , off Clapham Park Road, SW4 7BQ
  • Roupell Park Estate, Fireview Place, SW2 2SL

For maps of these locations, please visit the Local Recycling Points page on our website.

Larger electrical items can be taken to one of our Local Recycling Centres  or if they are in working order, you can arrange a collection so that they can be reused.

You may also be able to donate working electrical items to a local charity, but you should check that they are able to accept it first.

Free collections of electrical items for businesses

February 27, 2013

mainb1 2 3 Recycle for Free, is the free and easy way to recycle electrical items in your workplace.

The amount of electronic waste that we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. The 123 Recycle for Free service provides free of charge collection and recycling of waste electronic items from businesses in London. Whether you have computers from an office, fridges from a butcher, drills from a builder’s yard or dryers from a hairdressers, you call today to arrange your free collection.

Items that are reusable will be redistributed to the London Community Resource Network (LCRN). A social enterprise charity supporting organisations and communities working to manage resources sustainably, especially through waste prevention, reuse and recycling.

Items that are not reusable will be securely recycled at SWEEEP in Kent.

To book a free collection call 0800 085 1050 or visit