Remade Meeting 5

Remade in Brixton

Notes 11 February 2009


  • Hannah Lewis – founder Remade in Brixton, ex [re]design
  • Stephen Edwards – Designer, interested in Industrial Symbiosis
  • Deborah Silva – Film student
  • Charlie Holland – Circus Space / Lambeth Cyclists
  • Mitchell Jacobs – Mo-Shon
  • Katharina Bielenberg – Waste Oil business
  • Louise Jordan – Food Group, works for Community Recycling In Southwark Project (CRISP)
  • Sophie Broadbent – works in TV
  • Lamonte Johnson – Brixton Bicycle Art
  • Jess Behar – Project Dirt
  • Olivia – Lambeth Cyclists
  • Faith Kenrick

A good turn out, perhaps due to being in the pub!

Introduction from Hannah Personal introductions

1. Remade in Brixton Scoping Document

The Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) is part of the Transition Town approach. Each Transition Town produces an EDAP, compiled from chapters provided by each sub-group – e.g. Remade in Brixton. We collectively agree a date, and each group decides what they want their area to be like by that date, e.g. moving towards a zero carbon community.

  • A document provides a strategy which will tie-in with the council’s plans (in theory)
  • Scoping document needs 3 sections – present, vision, and steps to get there
  • Need a survey about local attitudes to recycling – is there a report on the tfl. (business partners cycling page?)
  • Some discussion last time about talking to businesses and questionaires to local businesses about what is currently available to them, what are they producing that needs to be recycled? And what are their needs? Going to focus on one group first – restaurants inc. fried chicken places etc. To see if we can scope out how we could change their practises.
  • ACTION >>>> use Mitchell’s existing contacts in the restaurant business to gather some realistic (but not exhaustive) statistics.
  • Do Lambeth already have these local waste statistics?
  • Could we encourage/start a business to make use of this waste (e.g. used cooking oil) – could we make this a local enterprise or collective?
  • Suggestion to add toy companies and fashion retailers to our list – are they encouraged to destroy their waste rather than recycle?
  • Suggestion to see what is being thrown away that has value?
  • A lot of this is an awareness issue – e.g. Freecycle.
  • Businesses could be given a list of companies which could recycle their waste for them
  • Businesses could be asked to advertise existing local recycling facilities in their shop windows.
  • Lambeth have mentioned Freecycle in their credit crunch task force report. It has over 9,000 members in Lambeth and they say that encouraging people to be involved in these schemes is a way to save people money in the short term and promote resource awareness, recycling etc in the longer term.

Short Film (Louise)

  • There was a 10 min short film about Transition Towns including Brixton – after the news – can we get hold of a copy?

Existing relevant companies / organisations (Mitchell and Hannah)

  • Bioregional – undertook a sustainability appraisal of the Future Brixton Visioning Framework
  • Sustain – with Capital Growth and Rosie Boycott – looking at all of the sites in London where we can grow food – 2012 new growing spaces by 2012
  • Glass Eco (Stephen) just past Bromley towards Biggin Hill – collect glass from pubs etc. and re-use it. (Mitchell) – The Fridge and Mass throw away their glass – could they co-ordinate their collection and could we help them recycle. Could we encourage bars to use less bottles and use re-usable glasses and draught beer?

2. Map / Directory and sticker campaign (Hannah)

  • To give to recycling / reuse / repair businesses and services to show in their shop window
  • To give away to customers
  • To direct people to a website to raise awareness
  • To direct people to local places where awareness activities take place

Comments on map (Charlie)

  • Include charity shops
  • Add libraries – reusing books
  • Encourage businesses to not use disposable packaging etc

Points arising…

A food event (Mitchell)

  • A number of different local restaurant venues participate
  • The businesses are encouraged to behave responsibly
  • They pass this philosophy on to their customers

There’s a new town centre director for Brixton

  • Her role is to look at how to revitalise businesses and enterprise
  • To look at how to save money in businesses (while also reducing waste)

Recycling Bottles (Charlie)

  • Encouraging businesses to collect and re-use or re-cycle bottles via motivating customers through money deposit
  • Importing lager – why are you bringing a bottle of beer from Holland, rather than brewing it here.
  • Could we have the Brixton brewing company – making, selling, and then recycling here??!
  • Bread and Roses pub – are part of the worker’s brewery… organic beer… they have a good outlook to local beer
  • Veolia who handle waste for Lambeth – they could be involved in this?

Local existing policy (Katharina)

  • Most recycling is contracted out – so the council don’t have a vested interest
  • But the council have to pay for the landfill and these overheads – so why not own it ourselves?
  • Do we need to be in touch with Veolia or Western Riverside?? We should have some good wine and food with them!!
  • ACTION >>>> Mitchell and Katharina will speak and sort.

Possibility of restaurant composting cooperative. Small group of restaurants on board to get it started, discover common ground, and help restaurants save money. What do businesses throw away each week? What recycling help could they use? Awareness of freecycle for business. What about Brixton market composting?

  • ACTION >>>> Louise to research and put together briefing on legal / health and safety issues impacting this.

3. Industrial Symbiosis (Stephen)

Based on industrial clustering, set up by one of the founding directors of Zeri (, Gunter Pauli (?). Introducing ecological thinking to industrial processes, looking at how ecosystems are established and observing complex networks. Principle that waste equals food. Classic illustration is that of brewery cycles, mushrooms thriving of brewery fibrous waste and breaking it down, making it into feed for cattle and producing earthworms, then this brewery started up a chicken farm to feed earthworms to, and so the cycle went on producing valuable products along the way. Increased diversity improves whole economy. Another example is of “cardboard to caviar”. Shredded cardboard to feed worms, worms to feed sturgeon, to produce caviar. Mainly dealing with biological nutrients. So, opportunity to look at possibility of setting up recycling networks rather than looking at individual businesses. National Industrial Symbiosis Programme has been set up, has regional groups and in some cases provides finance. Running workshop in London on 12 March. Stephen is putting together a proposal for TTB wiki. Key to this is directory, to map what’s going on in Brixton at the moment.

Charlie – why is it that all these jobs are carried out on a voluntary basis? On what basis could a system function: social cooperative? Shareholders initiative? PPP? Link to LETS scheme?

Hannah – Lambeth is setting up employment hub in Coldharbour Lane. Initiative by Lambeth Regen. Duncan has suggested link to idea of TTB “Usefulness Centre” where people can reskill in repair.

Mitchell – reclaiming waste areas locally and create work. Concept of green collar work, PPP etc. Lamonte talked of companies that can use and recycle plastic, possibility of sponsorship.

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