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London estates get doorstep recycling

Estates in Lambeth will have access to a range of doorstep recycling services thanks to new social enterprise Aardvark Recycling, launched officially last week.

Over the coming months it will roll out a series of pilot reuse and recycling schemes for the residents of several estates in and around Stockwell.

Reusable orange bags have been provided to 7,800 households for the collection of dry recyclables, to be left outside flats each week on designated days.

There is a similar weekly doorstep scheme for kitchen waste. Aardvark plans to use two Rocket composters to turn the collected kitchen waste into compost which can be given back to the community.

In addition to the recycling services Aardvark intends to roll out a reusable nappy laundry service, fresh fruit and vegetable box scheme and furniture and appliance reuse scheme to the estates.

The opt-in fruit and vegetable scheme, due to start next year, aims to offer residents a selection of fresh, locally sourced produce that can be delivered to residents doorsteps in cardboard boxes. The idea behind it being both that it will help reduce packaging waste and improve the health and well being of residents.

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