Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham

Green Recycling Estates Bags For Flats


Earlier this year, the Council were successful in a bid to the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and secured funding to purchase 20,000 green recycling estates bags (GREB’s).

Green Recycling Estates Bag

 With the 10,000 GREBS that the Council bought earlier in the year, this means that there will be 30,000 bags available for the delivery to all large estates, small blocks and new developments across the borough.

 The 55 litre bags can be easily stored and folded away when not in use and be used over and over again. The bags will essentially be used for the collecting of clean dry recyclables such as paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, cans and plastic bottles. Once full, residents can use the bags to take their recyclables to their nearest recycling bin on their estate, block or development.

 As well as the new GREB’s, there will be some money available to put new bins on some estates and signage where necessary. The roll out of the bags will begin in January which ties in quite nicely with the new contract which the Council are starting on December 5th with Bywaters (Leyton) Ltd.

 Previously the Council were only able to collect paper, cardboard, glass bottles, jars, cans and plastic bottles. However, from December 5th, 2011 more materials will be able to be added including beverage cartons (Tetra Paks), mixed plastics (yoghurt pots and margarine tubs etc.) and textiles. More details about the new contract and materials will be coming up on this blog in due course.

 Housing organisations like Lewisham Homes, Phoenix, Pinnacle, Hyde Housing, London & Quadrant and Affinity Sutton have been contacted and are on board with the project and will help to spread the message to their tenants.

 Keep checking this blog for more announcements on the new materials that will be available for recycling.

5 thoughts on “Green Recycling Estates Bags For Flats

  1. it would b a good idea to put further recycling info on rubbish chutes and bin room doors to encourage more recycling…not only in places used by the converted

    also I only found out about improvements by chance reading of Lewisham Life…Why do we on Honor Oak Estate not get this anymore

  2. would b good to get an acknowledgement of comment/e-mail then i know it hasnt just disappeared into the ether!

    • Hi Kate,

      My apologies for the late response. We can certainly work with your housing management organisation to put posters and information in areas where residents will see them like chutes. Are you able to let me know which organisation looks after your block? Are you able to send these details to

      With regard to the Lewisham Life deliveries, I can make enquiries about this with our communications team. Thanks for letting us know


  3. Green recycling in any form should be a blessing for the earth.

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