Recycling project ‘InUse-ReUse’ create palette of colour to suit the palate of upcyclists in Lambeth

A recycling project is turning pallets – wooden package-carrying frames into park benches.

An scheme in Brixton is demonstrating how the so-called circular economy can work on a local scale, benefiting the environment and the community.

Supported through Veolia Lambeth’s Recycling Fund for Communities, discarded wood pallets have been collected from Brixton market by social enterprise firm InUse-ReUse, and transformed into bespoke benches for Slade Gardens in Stockwell, less than a mile down the road from where the pallets were first used.

InUse-ReUse collect pallets locally and divert them from land fill, where they are instead reused, up-cycled into furniture or recycled.

Main: Urban Growth’s project manager Orsetta Hosquet on one of the pallet benches at Slade Gardens

For this project they used funding from Veolia and teamed up with Urban Growth, who received funding from the Mayor of London to create a community gardening hub for growing food and plants at Slade Gardens Adventure Playground.

The funding from Veolia enabled the build and installation of hand-crafted pallet benches, compost bins and fencing.

Veolia also donated 5,000 litres of peat-free compost for the gardens, which is
produced from London’s food and garden waste.

Steve Verrier, senior contract manager at Veolia Lambeth said: “It’s encouraging to see locals finding ways to reuse and recycle instead of throwing something away.

One of the pallet benches at Slade Gardens

“We’re so pleased that through our Recycling Fund for Communities, we’re enabling people to do the right thing with Lambeth’s waste.”

Dennis Boateng, founder of InUse-ReUse said: “We thrive on finding projects that have an emphasis on the circular economy.

“With more than 60 parks and green spaces in the borough, there is scope to replicate this project in other locations, which will in turn increase the use of local resources.”

Since 2018, almost £12,000 and 9,000 litres of compost have been donated to 13 Lambeth projects that tackle environmental issues.

If you have an idea for a community project in Lambeth that has a positive impact on the environment, find out how your project could be funded at

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