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Residents can recycle more in Lambeth

Lambeth residents can now recycle even more materials at the borough’s recycling centre.

Carpet, VHS tapes, window glass and energy saving and incandescent light bulbs are just some of the new materials accepted at the Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre in Vale Street, West Norwood.

The site also now accepts unwanted or broken gardening tools. The council donates these to a project called Tools Shed, which refurbishes them at a workshop in Wandsworth Prison and redistributes them to community gardening groups and schools.

The other new items now accepted are mobile phones, bikes, spectacles and rigid plastics such as buckets, garden furniture etc.

Cllr Lorna Campbell said, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, said: “There are very few materials that can’t be recycled in Lambeth nowadays, so before throwing something into your normal waste bin it is worth checking whether it’s accepted at our Vale Street centre.

“By taking items like broken tools to be recycled, you could also be giving them a new lease of life and directly helping local schools or community groups.”

Editors’ notes

For more see http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/recycling

Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre – West Norwood
Address: Vale Street, West Norwood, SE27 9PA (behind West Norwood cemetery)
For household recycling only.
Opening times:

  • Monday, Thursday and Friday: 7.30am to 4.30pm (including bank holidays)
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 5pm
  • Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Items accepted for recycling:

Aluminium foil, bicycles, books, cans, car batteries, cardboard and paper, carpet, cassette tapes, cooking oil, CDs and DVDs, electrical and electronic equipment, empty aerosols, engine oil, fire extinguishers, fluorescent tubes, food and drink cartons, fridges, furniture, garden waste, gas bottles, glass bottles and jars, hard plastics, household batteries, incandescent light bulbs, inkjet and laser printer cartridges, large tins, low energy light bulbs, mixed wood, mobile phones, mobile phone chargers, plastic bottles, scrap metal, shoes, spectacles, textiles, tins, tools, VHS tapes, window glass, white metal goods, wood, yellow pages and other directories.

Lambeth Council introduced a range of changes to waste and recycling arrangements earlier this year with the aim of increasing recycling rates and save money. The changes have seen average weekly recycling rates increase by around five per cent, and are set to save the borough around £900,000 this year. See more about the council’s new waste strategy at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/recycling.

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