Recycled dirt’ makes East End park bloomin’ lovely for spring

GREEN waste from people’s gardens is being used in London’s inner city East End to help prepare a recreation ground to bloom in the spring. Households have been encouraged to take grass clippings and flower cuttings to the council’s depot for recycling

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GREEN waste from people's gardens is being used in London's inner city East End to help prepare a recreation ground to bloom in the spring.

Households were encouraged to take things like grass clippings and flower cuttings to Tower Hamlets council's Northumberland Wharf depot at Blackwall in a public campaign before Christmas.

The 'green' waste was then taken to a recycling site at Rainham in Essex for processing. It took around 12 weeks to transform the waste into high quality compost, before being returned for parks and open spaces.


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Some 15 tonnes of the stuff has been used on Poplar recreation ground to help get it 'blooming lovely' for spring time.

Items that can be taken for recycling also include household items such as aluminium foil, books, cans, cardboards, clothes, computer monitors, cooking oil, engine oil, fluorescent tubes, furniture, glass and plastic bottles, household batteries, low energy light bulbs, paint, paper, scrap metal, shoes, small electrical items, televisions and textiles, as well as garden waste such as grass and even timber.

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Northumberland Wharf recycling centre at Yabsley Street in Blackwall, London, E14, is open Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, weekends 9am-6pm and Bank holidays 9am-4.30pm.

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