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Free bag of compost for Lambeth gardeners

Gardeners signed up to Lambeth’s green waste collection service are being offered free compost by Lambeth Council throughout October as a thank you for their recycling efforts.

Lambeth launched a new subscription service earlier this year for residents who want to recycle garden waste such as grass cuttings and leaves. More than 4,800 households have joined the scheme and over 500 tonnes of garden waste have been collected since April.

Now all those who have signed up are being offered a free bag of compost as a thank you, which they can collect throughout October from either the council’s depot in Shakespeare Road or the Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre in Vale Street, West Norwood.

Cllr Lorna Campbell, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainablity, said: “ This is a small way of saying thank you to those people who have signed up to our garden waste service and we hope people find this free bag of compost useful. We’ve made a range of changes to waste and recycling services recently that have boosted recycling rates, which is fantastic news.”

Members of the Garden Waste scheme will receive letters through the post shortly telling them how they can claim their free bag of compost. The compost has been donated by Lambeth’s waste contractor, Veolia Environmental Services.

Robert Seear, Veolia’s senior contracts manager, said: “We are fully supportive of Lambeth’s garden waste scheme and are delighted to offer residents who have signed up to the service the free compost to encourage them to grow their own plants or vegetables. We hope that many more residents join the scheme and help turn Lambeth’s compostable waste into a useful resource.”

Joining the Garden Waste scheme offers good value for money and means your household will get a fortnightly collection of garden waste throughout the year.

Alternatively, residents can take their garden waste to the Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre in Vale Street and have it recycled for free, or they could compost the material at home. Garden waste is not allowed in your normal waste bin.

You can sign up to the service online, or by calling on 020 7926 9000. For more information see http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/gardenwaste

Lambeth introduce a range of changes to waste and recycling services when it launched its new ‘Waste Strategy’ in April, changes that are increasing recycling rates and are set to save £925,000 this year.

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