Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


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August Bank Holiday Collections

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend changes will be made to the collections of refuse and recycling. Generally most collections will be a day behind so please ensure that you have you bins out at the boundary of your property ready to be collected. With the garden waste bins, please ensure they are out on the street on the pavement so that our crews can see that they need collecting. Full details of the changes can be found in the table below.

Thank you for leaving bins at the edge

Refuse and Recycling collection arrangement during the Easter an


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Refuse and Recycling collections during the Easter Bank Holiday

Please be aware of the changes to the refuse and recycling collections over the Easter Bank Holiday. Details of the changes are in the table below. Please ensure that your bins are at the boundary of your property if you would like to have them emptied.

Thank you for leaving bins at the edge

Once emptied, please return the bins back to their regular spot on your property.

Usual service will resume the week beginning Monday 4th April 2016

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Normal Collection day Revised collection day
Monday 21st March –

Thursday 24th March

normal collection

Monday 21st March –

Thursday 24th March

normal collection

  • Friday 25th March
  • Saturday 26th March
  • Monday 28th March 
  • Tuesday 28th March
  • Tuesday 29th March
  • Wednesday 30th March
  • Wednesday 30th March
  • Thursday 31st March
  • Thursday 31st March
  • Friday 01st April
  • Friday 01st April 
  • Saturday 02nd April


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May Bank Holiday Refuse and Recycling Collections

As with all bank holidays, there is expected to be some catching up by the refuse and recycling crews around the borough which will affect the days on when we would like to see the bins being brought to the inside edge or the boundary of your property.

Below is all the in formation you need regarding collections over the May bank holidays for the week commencing Monday 05th May 2014 and again the week commencing Monday 26th May 2014.

Week Commencing 06th May

 

Normal Collection day

Revised collection day

Monday 05th May Tuesday 06th May
Tuesday 06th Wednesday 07th May
Wednesday 07th May Thursday 08th May
Thursday 08th May Friday 09th May
Friday 09th May Saturday 10th May

 

Don't forget to put your bins out if you want a collections over Easter

Don’t forget to put your bins out a day later if you want a collection over the May bank holidays.

Week Commencing 27th May

 

Normal Collection day

Revised collection day

Monday 26th May Tuesday 27th May
Tuesday 27th Wednesday 28th May
Wednesday 28th May Thursday 29th May
Thursday 29th May Friday 30th May
Friday 30th May Saturday 31st May


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Service Standards – A thank you to residents

If you haven’t seen them already, then next time you hear a refuse or recycling vehicle coming down your street, have a look out the window at the new livery on the sides of the trucks.

We'll only collect side waste if it's for recycling and it presented correctly.

Thank you – for bagging your extra recycling.

Most of the borough should now be familiar with the new Service Standards that we have been rolling out since July 2013. Many of our new trucks are also being used to to carry those Service Standards messages and more importantly to say thank you to all those people that have helped to make the transition an easy one.

The Service Standards have been brought in to bring Lewisham’s refuse and recycling services in line with what most London boroughs and council’s nationwide are doing with regard to their collections.

They are also being used to encourage waste minimisation as we are now not collecting any additional waste that is left by your bin (known as side waste). Residents are also being asked to ensure that their lids go completely down on their refuse bins and not to place green waste, building or DIY waste or waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in the bin.

Thank you - for putting your bin at the edge of your property on collection day.

Thank you – for putting your bin at the edge of your property on collection day.

As well the above, all residents are also being asked to bring their bins (refuse and recycling) to the inside edge or boundary of their property on collection day by 6am. Crews have been instructed to only collect those bins that are at the boundary and those that are not placed there will not be collected. The only exception to this is if you are entitled to an assisted collection, in which case our crews will collect and return your bins to where you keep them.

The Service Standards have been bedded in in most of the borough now and there are just a few more rounds to go now before the entire borough is completed. When the borough is fully rolled out, our crews will adopt the rule that if your bins are not out on the day of collection, then we will assume that you do not want a collection or are on holiday. There are many people in the borough that are happy with this arrangement as a lot of people don’t need a collection every week.

If bins are out at the inside edge or boundary of your property, our crews will empty them and return them to the outside edge where you as a resident are expected to bring them in off the street until your next collection the following week. We are also encouraging residents to number their bins as well to prevent bin theft and to make it easier for our crews to identify where the bins came from.

 


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Dates to remember for your Christmas and New Years bin collections

During the festivities of Christmas and the New Year,  please don’t forget that there will be changes that will affect your bin collections.

Please see the information below regarding these changes for two weeks from December 23rd 2013

Normal Collection day Revised collection day
  • Monday 23rd December
  • Normal Collection
  • Tuesday 24th December
  • Normal Collection
  • Wednesday 25th December
  • Friday 27th December
  • Thursday 26th December
  • Saturday 28th December
  • Friday 27th December
  • Sunday 29th December
Don't forget to put your bins out if you want a collections over Christmas and New Year.

Don’t forget to put your bins out if you want a collection over Christmas and New Year.

Normal Collection day Revised collection day
  • Monday 30th December
  • Normal Collection
  • Tuesday 31st December
  • Normal Collection
  • Wednesday 01st January
  • Thursday 02nd January
  • Thursday 02nd January
  • Friday 03rd January
  • Friday 03rd January
  • Saturday 04th January

Please make sure that we can access your bin on your normal collection day and all of the days listed for your collection date

Usual service will resume the week beginning 06th January 2014


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The Recycling Team attend the annual SELCHP Open Day

On Sunday 22nd September Lewisham’s Recycling Team took their recycling trailer to the SELCHP Energy from Waste Plant’s Open Day in New Cross. The team were there promoting the Recycling Service and spoke to over 120 people from all over London.

Dave and the Recycling Trailer in action.

Dave and the recycling trailer in action.

SELCHP is the destination for all of the refuse that is put into Lewisham’s black wheelie bins and 17 of our trucks visit there up to 3 times every day. It doesn’t just serve Lewisham, it is actually used by other local authorities and businesses from all over the South East and it can burn in excess of 420,000 tonnes of refuse every year. SELCHP has helped Lewisham have one of the lowest landfill rates in the country.

SELCHP stands for South East London Combined Heat and Power and it is more than just an incinerator. The heat produced in the process is used to create steam, which in turn creates electricity and powers approximately 48,000 homes every year.

Watch this short video about SELCHP

Now as great is it sounds, incineration isn’t perfect. When we incinerate things we lose them for ever (apart from some metals) and that means that we will never have that particular resource any more. Think of all of the paper, cardboard and plastic that has quite literally gone up in smoke!

So this is where the Recycling Team come in… If we can divert good quality recyclables away from the black bin and into the green one we will not only be doing our bit for the planet’s natural resources, but we will also be saving Lewisham Council a lot of money. Lewisham has to pay a fee for every tonne of waste that is deposited there, but we get to dispose of our recyclables for free at the Bywaters MRF in Bow.

So remember – only use your black bin for refuse and make sure to use your green bin for all of your good quality recyclables.