It is obvious to see the impact that plastics are having on our environment, marine life and our world and cannot continue. We all need to take action to try and reverse the damage caused.
The facts behind food waste are truly shocking. The cost of disposing of all the food waste generated across homes in South West London is around £12.5m per year. Cutting out excessive food waste could save over £3.5m a year.
Garden waste that is thrown in the bin could easily be composted in the garden and this would prevent unnecessary collection vehicles being deployed to collect it, saving your Council money, saving fuel and helping to reduce pollution. Our challenge to you is to start taking individual responsibility to reduce the waste you produce.
This website has been designed to help you rise to this challenge by guiding you through the simple changes you can make to reduce waste. Reducing waste will save you money, save your Council money and will reduce your carbon footprint by saving natural resources, lowering CO2 emissions, reducing the production and transporting of goods…
Embracing this challenge will make our world a better place.
If you are up for the Challenge then click here and find out how it's the End of the Line for Waste.
Plastics are littering our cities, oceans, and waterways, and posing a threat to marine life so we would like you to commit to reducing the amount of plastics you use and recycle the plastics you do use.
Each year, over 2 million tonnes of new plastic enters the UK market. All of this can be recycled yet currently we recycle less than half. In South West London, we recycle just 24%. Recycling plastic takes just 12% of the energy needed to make new plastic and saves over 3,000 litres of oil for each tonne of plastic that gets recycled.
In South West London we’re pretty good at keeping the place clean, but it’s not easy, nor cheap and we can’t pick up everything. Plastic litter is light. It gets easily blown out of sight and can end up in the Thames, drifting out to sea and contributing to the global issue of marine litter. It takes a plastic carrier bag up to 20 years to decompose, a plastic bottle will take 450 years. And it never truly decomposes; it just breaks down into ever smaller pieces that get eaten by marine life… and then by you in your Friday night fish and chip supper.
We can’t cut out all plastics. But we can reduce the amount we do use and recycle what is left. Recycling plastic is easy in South West London, whether from the kerbside or via communal bins. The plastic collected is made into any number of new products; textiles, carpets, duvet stuffing or just new plastic packaging.
Three new shirts? – One goes in the bin! A beer for you and a mate? – Buy three and tip one down the sink! It’s mad isn’t it? Who’d do such things? But on average, that’s exactly what each home in the UK does with the food it buys; throwing a third of it way, often still perfectly edible and still in its original packaging.
Planning meals ahead and buying only what you need is a great way to reduce food waste and save money. Know your food dates and Recipes to avoid throwing away perfectly good food.
Buy a new smart TV? New bike? Five star weekend city break for two? You can buy quite a lot with £840 so throwing it away is a pretty dim thing to do yet, on average, that’s what each home in London does each year by throwing away otherwise edible food; food that cost £840 to buy in the first place. But it’s not just the cost to you that’s a problem.
The cost of disposing of all the food waste generated across homes in South West London is around £12.5m per year. Cutting out excessive food waste could save over £3.5m a year; money that could be better spent on other key council services i.e. housing or social care.
Did you know that food waste generates methane; a greenhouse gas over 20 times worse than Carbon Dioxide. And just think of the waste of the earth’s resources in producing the food, to just throw it away.
Ever thought about compositing your garden and kitchen waste?
Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden and pot plants. It’s easy to make and use. Types of Compost Bins.
Putting Garden and Kitchen Waste in the normal rubbish bin causes big problems.
For a start, it adds weight costing more to transport it. And because we use what we can’t recycle to generate electricity by burning the waste to create heat, garden and kitchen waste can lessen the amount of energy we can produce (ever tried burning damp grass clippings?)
When waste is composted above ground at home, oxygen helps the waste to decompose aerobically, which means hardly any methane is produced, which is good news for the planet. And what’s more, after nine to twelve months, you get a free fertiliser for your garden and plant pots to keep them looking beautiful.
Many types of compost bins are available to suit any size garden or home. There’s even clever, under-the-sink bins; ideal for flats. Click here for a list of the most common types of bins or check out what’s available at your local garden centre or DIY store.
You can also bring your garden waste to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Smuggler’s Way, Wandsworth and we’ll do the composting for you.
Why not consider setting up a community composting programme in your neighbourhood? Click here for more information.
But however you deal with your Garden and Kitchen Waste, please keep it out of the normal rubbish bins. Thanks.
Reducing your waste and reusing as much as possible are the most effective ways to protect the environment, help the economy and your pocket. But you can’t avoid all waste and if you can’t reuse it; recycle it! See what and how you can recycle in your borough.
Your kerbside or communal recycling collections provide a great opportunity to recycle everyday items. However, from time to time, we all generate waste that isn’t day to day, or items to a quantity too big for normal collections. But worry not, here in South West London, we have one of the best Household Waste and Recycling centres in the UK.
The Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Smugglers Way Wandsworth accepts almost all types of waste for reuse or recycling from electrical items to spectacles, from old clothes to old furniture. Almost everything you bring to the centre can be made into something new.
Additional to recycling materials dropped off, ReWork accepts items at the Smugglers Way site to repair and sell on to raise money for local charities. Anything you have that is in reasonable cosmetic condition and / or repairable is accepted.