Recycling and Waste Collection - updated February 2023


  • Intro
  • The Woodshop
  • The Clean Room & Washroom
  • The Messy Room
  • Recycling


Update: February 2023 – we now use Southwark Council commercial waste wheelie bins

Makerspace members are encouraged to consider the environmental impact of their own projects and wherever possible find and suggest ways to improve our overall impact. All ideas are welcome here!

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However: making produces waste…

Our waste is collected every Thursday and the bins need to be put by the estate gate on Wednesday night

Waste is handled just like at your home, the Green bin takes all mixed recycling, the Blue bin is general waste. Try to minimise the waste that ends up in the Blue bin if possible by reusing and recycling as much as possible.

Please keep the wheelie bins locked with the wheelie bin key kept by the front door or Arch 1 on the coat hooks. Flytipping can be a big hassle and we don’t want to be paying to get rid of other people’s junk!

The Woodshop

RECYCLABLES - Put in the GREEN BIN and then empty into the large GREEN wheelie bin.

GENERAL WASTE. Put in plastic bags and then into the big BLUE wheelie bin.

The Clean Room & Washroom

Kitchen: Separate Recycling and Waste bins, both take thinner gauge clear bags, food waste recycling bin which takes compostable bags. Bags stored under sink.

Washroom: Small bin, currently we use carrier bags as liners. Spares under sink.

The Messy Room

One waste bin, one recycling bin. Use thinner clear bin bags from kitchen cupboard, under sink.

Laser materials off-cuts should go in the general waste.


What can be put in mixed recycling?

Clean dry recyclables

  • Paper (Paper, leaflets, brochures, magazines, catalogues, envelopes [inc w/window] & newspapers)
  • Cardboard (Cardboard & tetra pak)
  • Plastic (Plastic bottles, carrier bags, plastic films)
    Type 1 (PET), 2 (HDPE), 3, (PVC), 4 (LDPE), 5 (PP), 6 (PS)
  • Metal (Drinks cans and food tins)
  • Glass (bottles and jars)

What can’t be put in mixed recycling?

  • Scrap metal
  • Scrap plastic (eg. laser cutter offcuts)

What can be put in general waste?

  • Rubber
  • Latex
  • Expanded polystyrene (can’t be recycled)
  • Scrap metal – pending a recycling solution
  • Scrap plastic (eg. laser cutter offcuts) – pending a recycling solution
  • General rubbish

Battery Recycling

We now have a battery recycling box provided by ERP - it is located under the printer in the social area.


Electrical Recycling

Any electrical items can be put in the 3 week recycling bin for members to harvest. After this we’ll move them to an electrical recycling bin and we’ll arrange with 123 Recycle for Free to collect items periodically as the bin becomes full, or there is substantial electrical waste to take away. We’ll also make a call out just before for anyone who has stuff at home to add to the collection

Metal Recycling

We currently don’t have a system in place – please come up with suggestions, as metals are supremely recyclable.

Useful off-cuts should go in the corner by the metal lathe.