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Wonder Day 2019

Join us for this year's annual Wonder Day that takes place as part of Open House Weekend London for a fun day out for the whole family. Learn first-hand how recyclables and black bag waste is turned into new green products and energy, there will also be a host of interactive exhibits, games and displays.

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 21 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 2,800 Southwark homes via a district heating network.

On Saturday 21 September, tours of the facility will take place throughout the day. Join us for a thought-provoking day that will show you how your waste is actually a resource that can help us build a sustainable future. Please visit the bottom of this webpage for tour rules.


Old Kent Honey available


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 our charity partners Alzheimers UK and Combat Stress.


Arts and Crafts workshop

Want some upcycling ideas? Then check out our craft sessions taking place throughout the day. 

Bicycle repairs


Community Cycleworks will be on hand to teach you how to repair and replace your brakes, tyres, and gears using new and recycled parts. The drop in sessions will get you back on the road and make sure your bike is road-worthy, all for free.

The mechanics are also experienced London cyclist and will be able to chat with 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.

Southwark IWMF
43 Devon Street
SE15 1AL

For more information about this event please email, [email protected].  


See what happens to your recycling and learn how we turn waste into green energy.
Join us for lots of fun activities and entertainment
Join our experts for a thought provoking and intriguing insight into the world of waste.