Does anyone have recommendations for how/where to recycle clothing and electronics in the SE1 area? I don't have a car so either needs to be a pickup service or close enough to taxi to. Do the big containers still exist by Waterloo Millennium Green?
I previously used Clothes for Charity which was very efficient but they seem to have gone out of business, but I would like the clothes to go to good use.
The electronics are a bunch of old household items (phones, coffee maker, keyboards etc) which I'm sure somewhere could make use of the components.
I can't remember whether the clothing bins are still near Waterloo Green. If the clothes are in good enough condition, though, there are charity shops on Lower Marsh.
For electrical recycling, all of the local bins disappeared years ago. The only options I know of are:
i) take it to the Southwark Reuse and Recycling Centre (a long way down the Old Kent Road and then a few minutes walk from the bus stop) or
ii) take it to Camden's small electricals recycling bin in Red Lion Square (I last checked whether that was there some months ago)
iii) Drop them in general refuse for collection - given the lack of other options provided by the council, I presume that's their preference.
By the time you go to Curry's, you may as well go to the council recycling centre, which is just up the road from the Old Kent Road branch. They will take anything short of nuclear waste and chemical weapons. The guys that work there are also really friendly and always willing to help.
Forgot to note that if you are visiting, you need a proof of address to demonstrate you are a resident of the borough and you can't just turn up in a van, ion that was the lift you could find . That needs to be booked online.
British Heart Foundation on the Old Kent Road will take electrical items, clothes and general brick-a-brac and if you have a fair amount they will collect but you've usually got to wait in all day. TRAID will collect clothing and general items and I use them a lot as they collect in the evening and will give you a two hour time slot, I'm in a second floor flat with no lift in SE16 and the drivers have never complained about having to carry it all downstairs which a BHF driver did. TRAID will also collect small amounts as they are usually in the area, last time I booked they asked you to have at least one bin bag amount to donate but I usually try and get to about four before I call them. Hope this helps, link to the TRAID website below
The textile recycling bins in the car park of Morrisons on the Walworth Road seem to have gone now. For clothes that are too worn/stained for charity shops, you can recycle them at M&S on the Walworth Road.