Calling all curious residents who have ever wondered what happens to their waste after it has been thrown away; the Wonder Open Day is the time to find out!
Saturday 22 September
10am to 4pm
The Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility is a feat of modern design and engineering. Built to deal with over 200,000 tonnes of waste annually, the facility separates Southwark’s mixed recycling ready to be turned into something new. All black bag waste from the borough is brought to the facility and turned into a low carbon fuel, which provides energy to the National Grid, and heating for around 2,500 Southwark homes via a district heating network.
On Saturday 22 September, tours of the facility will take place throughout the day. Join us for a thought-provoking and intriguing insight into how your waste is actually a resource that can help us build a sustainable future. Please visit the bottom of this webpage for rules regarding site tours.
We work hard to improve the biodiversity on site. You can see our beehives on your way into the site. Since the hives were installed in 2016 the bees have flourished to produce some very tasty honey. Visit our marquee to see if you can get your hands on some in return for a donation to FoodCycle.
Money raised on the day will be donated to FoodCycle a charity that combines surplus food, volunteers and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious three-course meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. They currently have 1,200 volunteers who provide an amazing service to their local community week after week.
FoodCycle have 29 hubs across the country, the nearest one to Southwark’s Integrated Waste Management Facility is at All Saints Church in Peckham.
Want some upcycling ideas? Then check out our craft sessions taking place throughout the day.
The Community Cycleworks mechanics will also be running a build-a-bike session to teach residents how to build and maintain a bike using recycled parts collected from the Southwark Reuse and Recycling Centre.
The machanics are also experienced London cyclist and will be able to chat to you about good routes, cycling safely and being confident on the road.
How to find us:
The facility is situated off Old Kent Road (A2), opposite the junction with Commercial Way. It is accessed via Devon Street, which is a one way street. Please note there is no parking available on site.
43 Devon Street