It is now one year since Lambeth introduced its new waste strategy.
We made changes to our waste and recycling service in April 2011 to deal with the rising costs of waste disposal and the need to reduce waste and increase recycling.
We set tough targets to save money on waste disposal costs. Our target was to save £500,000 in the first year. Thanks to you, we have doubled our saving on waste disposal to over £1 million this year!
Our recycling rate is now 46% and the average percentage ofhouseholds putting out orange recycling sacks has risen from 44% to 81%. On some rounds 98% of residents regularly recycle!
Did you know that in 2011 the total weight of recycling collected in Lambeth was 20,000 tonnes, the equivalent of seven London Eyes!
This has been a fantastic achievement for the first year and has also been supported by extending the amount of items you can recycle, such as plastic pots, tubs and trays, and the number of on-street recycling banks.
We’ve also increased the opportunities for people living on estates to recycle, by introducing our Recyclebank reward scheme.
Many people are also taking advantage of our special offers on compost bins. 497 of these were sold between April and October 2011 and over 5,000 households have signed up to receive a scheduled garden waste collection service.
These are just a few of the schemes our residents are taking advantage of to help them lead a greener lifestyle.
We now have an environment blog on our website, which gives you the latest news and top tips on all things green in Lambeth.
Councillor Lorna Campbell, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability says: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our residents for all the efforts they have made to make our first year such an overwhelming success. By making small changes to the way we deal with our waste and increasing the amount we recycle, we can make a big difference and not only save money but help the environment, too.”
For more information about what you can do to reduce your waste go to Recycling, rubbish and waste.