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Old Mother Earth helped out by Lewisham’s Clean & Green schools!

The last week in July saw another triumphant end to 2014 environmental programme for Lewisham’s schools, Clean & Green.  Each year, up to 25 schools in the borough sign up for the year long programme with the aim of increasing environmental awareness in their school through initiatives such as food growing, litter clean ups, recycling collection schemes.  The sky really is the limit as schools are awarded at the end of the academic year for the most original and ingenious ways that they have come up with to help improve the environment of the school and surrounding areas.

Schools work on the programme from October to June, concentrating on their chosen theme and at the end of the year, they submit an entry showing what they have managed to achieve.  Support is given along the way in the form of  visits and assemblies. And as recognition of their hard work an award ceremony takes place in the Civic Suite, Catford, attended by representatives from the school and Lewisham’s local dignitaries in late July.

This years awards were presented by Cllr Rachel Onikosi – Cabinet Member for Public Realm and Nigel Tyrell – Head of Environment at Lewisham.  The afternoon included a lunch for the children and teachers and an environmental performance called ‘Old Mother Earth’.

Actors Nichola and Barney from Caboodle Arts performing 'Old Mother Earth'

Actors Nichola and Barney from Caboodle Arts performing ‘Old Mother Earth’

This years programme saw more excellent work from all the schools who took part, but particularly, the schools who managed to achieve awards who were – Coopers Lane, Haseltine, Holbeach, Watergate, St Augustines, Edmund Waller & Good Shepherd Primary Schools.  St Winifreds Catholic and Stillness Infant Schools also managed to secure Gold awards.

All Saints Primary School was presented with the overall runner up award for their efforts to encourage the whole school and local neighbourhood to use more sustainable forms of transport.  However, the overall winner of this years programme was Horniman Primary School who won the Clean & Green Distinction Award and a cheque for £300 for their pedal powered radio station which children, parents and teachers built in their school playground!

Cleanest and Greenest!  Cllr Rachel Onikosi presents Horniman students Keir Holmes,  Marnie Paul, Jacob Waters with award and cheque for the school.

Cleanest and Greenest! Cllr Rachel Onikosi presents Horniman students Keir Holmes, Marnie Paul, Jacob Waters with award and cheque for the school.

If you are a child, teacher or parent at a Lewisham school and would like more information on taking part in next years programme, please email David.brinson@lewisham.gov.uk or visit http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/getinvolved/environment/Pages/Clean-and-Green-Schools.aspx http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/getinvolved/environment/Pages/Clean-and-Green-Schools.aspx for more information.


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New push locks on communal recycling bins

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 have got a leaflet through your door to tell you more about this. If you missed it – see below!

LPA SLAM LOCK leaflet_modified01

If you need any more information about what you can place into your recycling bin, please visit our website http://goo.gl/CNt6P7  If you want to know more about the bin locks, please email Kate.parkinson@lewisham.gov.uk or Kristina.binns@lewisham.gov.uk


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New Cabinet Member presents prize to recycling competition winner

We recently ran a competition for those of you who recycle in communal bins. We wanted to make people aware of the new types of locks being fitted onto large recycling bins which we hope will help in the fight against non recyclables being put into recycling bins!

Cllr Onikosi with Brockley resident Fontella Alvaranga

Cllr Onikosi with Brockley resident Fontella Alvaranga

The new locks will prevent the whole lid from being lifted up, so it’s impossible for a whole black sacks worth of rubbish finding its way in there. We know that lots of people who use the communal recycling bins work really hard to make sure the right things go in there, making it so frustrating when something non- recyclable gets put in. Nappies, black sacks, garden waste, wood all make the bin ‘contaminated’ often meaning all of the contents have to incinerated instead of being sent to be turned into something new. This also causes the bin to not be emptied on the right day while we arrange for a different vehicle to empty it – all costing time and money. To put recycling into a bin with one of the new locks, the letter box lid part should be lifted. It is possible to get an untied carrier bag filled with recycling through or items can be placed in one at a time.

Alex Marshal popped into the depot to collect his voucher.

Alex popped into the depot to collect his voucher.

Leaflets were delivered to estate properties and on the back was a competition to win one of four £50 shopping vouchers. One of the lucky winners- Brockley resident, Fontella Alvaranga (first picture above) was presented with her prize by Cllr Rachel Onikosi- Cabinet Member for Public Realm & our new lead member for Environment Services. Other vouchers were won by biology student, guitar teacher and avid recycler, Alex Marshall (above), who was really pleased to take part in the competition and was chuffed to win one of the prizes.

Richard was our third winner.

Richard J Watts was our third winner.

When we gave Richard his voucher and took his photo he said “I haven’t won anything for a long time – I think the last time I won anything it was tickets to the cricket about 12 years ago – that’s why I look so happy in the photo!”

Well done to all three winners and hope you enjoy spending the vouchers.

 


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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 www.lewisham.gov.uk/recycling . If you want to know more about the bin locks, please email Kate.parkinson@lewisham.gov.uk or Kristina.binns@lewisham.gov.uk


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End of season- swishing success in Lewisham

Following the success of our ‘big swish’ held in Lewisham shopping centre last year, we decided to hold three more mini ‘swishes’ in the borough at – Brockley, Grove Park and Lee Green.

Swishing is swapping – people turn up with something (in this case clothing) that they no longer want and swap with other peoples clothes that they no longer want. No money changes hands and swishes are usually a sociable event with the added benefit of reducing the need to shop and reusing clothing.

The three mini swishes were held each month from January to March with thirty residents coming along to swish items of clothing. In total twenty six items of clothing were swished and other items of clothing were handed in which we sent for reuse.

Window dressing at the swishing event

Window dressing at the swishing event

The swish in March took place at Lee Green Community Centre- whilst the sewing lesson was taking place upstairs!

Feedback about the events was very positive: “Thank you, some lovely new clothes and a fab dress for tomorrow night” & “Nice relaxed event”

Another satisfied customer

Another satisfied customer – vintage dress going to a happy swisher

We haven’t currently got any more swishes planned however you can go to http://www.swishing.com which advertise local events. If you don’t want to swish your clothes, you can always donate them to a charity shop or take them to one of our textile banks which are located across the borough. Click on the following link and find the nearest textile bank to where you live: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/wasterecycle/other-waste-and-recycling/Pages/Textile-recycling.aspx


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We take the MetalMatters Campaign directly to the shoppers

On Friday 14th March, members of the Council’s recycling team launched it’s MetalMatters campaign at the shopping centre in Lewisham. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling tins, cans, aerosols and foil and increase the tonnages collected in the borough.

Lewisham Council have received funding from MetalMatters and also from the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to conduct a campaign right across the borough. For the launch, we joined up with Myatt Garden Primary School who came along to the shopping centre to create an original piece of artwork using tins, cans, foil and bottles tops.

Myatt Garden Primary Schools made a good start on the art work will will go to other schools in Lewisham.

Myatt Garden Primary School made a good start on the art work which will go to other schools in Lewisham.

Their canvass for this event was a huge framed steel sheet which with the aid of magnets was used to place bottle tops and recycled cans to form images and words. 10 children spent 4 hours in the main square of the shopping centre preparing bits of metal, magnetic strips, cuttings and placing them onto the steel sheet.

Their infectious enthusiasm led many passing shoppers to stop and enquire what the activity was all about. This gave the recycling team the perfect opportunity to engage with the shoppers and to explain the importance of recycling tins and cans and let them know how much metal really matters.

Children from Myatt Garden Primary School, teachers, representatives from the MetalMatters campaign and WRAP and special guest the Tin Man.

Children from Myatt Garden Primary School, teachers, representatives from the MetalMatters campaign and WRAP and special guest the Tin Man.

This was also an opportunity to ask all those residents to recycle all their paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, beverage cartons, mixed plastics and plastic bottles including their tops.

The event was a huge success with all the school children having a great day out and making their own personal contribution to public art. The artwork will go on to visit more schools in the borough and may eventually appear in the National Gallery.

Shoppers also had a chance to meet our mystery guest the Tin Man who really was in a position to say how much metal really does matter. Lots of shoppers stopped to pose for photos with him and he was more than happy to pose with all the school children in group shots.

For the next couple of months residents will continue to see the campaign on the side of our recycling and refuse vehicles and will also be receiving a second leaflet through the post reminding them of the importance of recycling tins, cans, aerosols and foil.

Don't forget to recycle all your tins, cans, aerosols and foil and make your metal matter.

Don’t forget to recycle all your tins, cans, aerosols and foil and make your metal matter.

One thing we would also ask everyone to do and that is to give your food cans a quick rinse before depositing them into your recycling bin. This will increase their value and stop your bin from smelling. For more information on what you can recycle or if you want to order a recycling bins, please click on the following link: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/wasterecycle/Pages/default.aspx?LGNTF=10


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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.