Pinboard 9 July: shopping in the sunshine, affordable fine dining and a free show featuring rubbish as art

1. Lambeth North: Artists celebrate innovative recycling Did you know we were shoddy recyclers? Nope, we thought we were pretty …

1. Lambeth North: Artists celebrate innovative recycling

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Did you know we were shoddy recyclers? Nope, we thought we were pretty good too but apparently* Lambeth and Southwark are way behind both the capital and the whole country. Lambeth recycles just 27 per cent of its waste, limping along in 28th place among the boroughs, and Southwark, which recycles 25 per cent, still lags way behind the rest of the country, which manages to divert 41.2 per cent of its waste away from landfill. Tut tut.

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From Project Phakama’s 2008 show at the LIFT Festival

And this is the backdrop for Morley College’s colourful and creative The Trashcatchers Ball – an artistic celebration of recycling taking place on 21 July, which aims to highlight the issue of sustainability. The event is the finale for one of the college’s Summer School art courses: students have been grappling with the issues around waste and consumerism and, in a series of workshops, they’ve been creatively turning discarded materials into sculptures and costumes. The Trashcatchers Ball is a free showcase of these creations. And it’s not a ball at all, but a dance and installation stage show put together by artists and 20 participants under the guidance of  the acclaimed youth arts initiative, Project Phakama UK, who first staged their own well-received Trashcatchers Ball in 2008 at Stratford’s Lift Festival.

* The London Assembly Environment Committee’s 2011 league tables

The Trashcatchers Ball will take place at Morley College on Sunday, 21 July 2013 at 5.30pm. To go along, simply register before next Thursday – 18 July –  by emailing 

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