Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham

New locks coming to a recycling bin near you!


If you take your recycling to large communal bins, over the next few months, you may notice new, more secure locks appearing on the recycling bins that you use.

Locks on bins

Why do we need locks on recycling bins?

Most residents are very careful to ensure that the right things go into the right bins. Unfortunately though, some bins still do get items put into them that can’t be recycled in Lewisham- black bin bags being one of the biggest culprits!

The new locks will prevent the whole lid from being opened, making the dumping of non recycling items  like filled black sacks, much more difficult. Lids will remain the same, most of them with slots which can be lifted so that acceptable recyclable items such as cartons & tins (rinsed of any food), empty aerosols, clothing, glass and folded card and paper can be placed through.

If you live on an estate and use communal recycling facilities, you should get a leaflet through your door soon to tell you more about this. There is also a competition which you can enter to win a shopping voucher- so keep an eye out for it on your door mat!

If you need any more information about what you can place into your recycling bin, please visit our website . If you want to know more about the bin locks, please email or

6 thoughts on “New locks coming to a recycling bin near you!

  1. brilliant! please also provide bins because they are full up very often. thanks

    • Thanks for your comments Mark. Just to clarify, are you referring to a specific location? (if so, could you tell us where?) or in general? If there is a specific location, we can have a look, to see it its feasible to locate more bins (or perhaps swap some refuse for recycling bins?)

      • hello.
        we had a few issues on lovelinch close (SE15 1HG).

        there were 3 recyling wheelie bins at each end of the road. so 6 bins in total. however, this is no where near enough capacity for the entire winslade estate which must have something like 500-600 flats on it.

        i previously reported this and it was decided that the council would not put more recycling bins in the communal bin stores. instead they would put an additional 2 recycling wheelie bins half way down the street.

        however, recently one of the bins at the end of the road was removed because it was broken.

        then the bins from the middle of the street were moved to be with the others at the end of the road.

        so now the capacity of the bins is back to how it used to be – 5 or 6 bins in total, and only positioned at the ends of the road.

        i dont know what the answer is. i’ve discussed it before.
        in short – the capactity of the bins at present is not adequate, and they get full up within a few days.

        additionally, people dump bulk household rubbish and furniture next to the recyling bins on the street. if there was ONE recycling bin in each bin store this would be easily prevented and the capactity would be massively increased.
        but like i said, i have discussed all this, months ago, and we’ve gone full circle now…..

        thanks! 🙂

  2. Hi, I live in the same estate on Lovelinch Close as Mark Ellery and completely agree with him.
    Especially this weekend the bins towards Hornshay St are overflowing, with bags piling up next to them. I welcomed the addition of the new bins at the middle of the road when they arrived but they were then removed… so no improvement. In addition, overflowing recycling bins don’t really encourage anyone to recycle! Hope we get more bins in soon.

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