Charities and good causes including the Woodmansterne Children’s Centre, the Mini Cooking Club, the Best before Project and Growing Rosendale’s outdoor classroom have received donations thanks to local people who took part the Zero Waste Challenge.
People were asked to reduce their weekly waste as creatively as possible over seven days and submit their entries for the chance to win £100 for a good cause of their choice.
The Zero Waste Challenge was organised by the Western Riverside Waste Authority which manages rubbish and recyclables collected by Lambeth and three other London boroughs. The aim is to increase awareness of the vast amount and cost of waste.
Lambeth’s recycling rates remain below the London average, with people living in private homes putting around 9,500 tonnes of recyclable material into the wrong bins every year. Around 12,000 tonnes of food waste is thrown away every year in Lambeth, costing £1.75million a year to dispose of. The council’s plans to provide borough wide food waste recycling, smaller bins and retain weekly collections could save £2million a year.
Recycle Western Riverside is a Western Riverside Waste Authority initiative within the London Boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The campaign aims to increase recycling, reduce rubbish produced and encourage the purchase of recycled products. The campaign is partly funded by Cory Environmental Ltd. For information about the campaign visit www.wrwa.gov.uk
For more information on Lambeth Council’s Waste Minimisation Strategy Review visit http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=225&MId=8113.