Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


What can I put into my recycling bin?

This is a question that we hear a lot and over the years have tried to tackle it in all manner of ways. We have used traditional methods such as leaflets, put articles in Lewisham Life, used billboards and the side of our refuse and recycling vehicles. We have knocked on residents doors and taken our education trailer to large events and fayres in the borough.

More recently we have moved into the area of social media with the use of Twitter and of course with this blog and we obviously combine them both for better results.  We haven’t tried YouTube that much as a way of reaching people until now.  So we went out into Lewisham High Street recently and approached residents about the recycling issues that they wanted answers to. The video below is the first in a series that we will be posting on this blog. The aim of the short film is to clarify and simplify just what we want our residents to do when it come to using the green bin, recycling batteries, composting and dealing with mattresses amongst many other things.


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Is there such a thing as a sustainable mattress?

Being the first Local Authority in the UK to offer residents a free kerbside collection of mattresses we regularly field calls from other local authorities about the system we have in place and how it works.

We were also invited to an event last week on how to drive forward the sustainability of mattresses. In the UK this is a huge problem, before Lewisham introduced it’s mattress collection service there were 1000 mattresses being fly tipped on the streets of Lewisham every month. We saw this as a problem that needed resolving, as all of the mattresses collected were ending up in landfill – hence the mattress collection service.

However at the event we attended a lot of the discussion was around what could be done to prevent these mattresses ending up on the street for recycling. The general feeling was that there are a lot of poor quality mattresses being sold which have short life spans and hence need replacing much more frequently. This is a similar theme which can be seen in everything from clothes to electricals.

The only real solution is to buy a better quality mattress, that will last you much longer. Obviously we all like a bargain but when you consider that most people spend 1/3 of their time (almost 3000 hours a year) in bed, it’s not only the environment but also your health and well-being that could suffer from buying a cheap uncomfortable mattress.

If you are looking to buy a mattress in the near future check out the bed buyers guide from the sleep council, an independent guide outlining what you should be looking for,

Sleep tight!

Remember if you do have an old mattress that you need recycling you can contact callpoint on 02083147171 to book a collection, alternatively pick up a mattress sticker from any Lewisham Library, place it on your mattress and put it out on your collection day. Our crews will see it and call in a collection which should happen within 3-5 days.

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The council should start collecting more stuff!!

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Currently the council collect a number of materials from the kerbside and estates, these materials are: paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, tins, cans and plastic bottles. The council also provide a garden waste collection service which costs £10 for 10 green sacks.

The council is currently in negotiations with the company that process recyclables in the borough to add mixed plastics and tetra-paks (juice cartons) to this list. In the mean time tetra-paks can be recycled at:

Sainsbury’s New Cross Gate
Sainsburys Forest Hill
Laurence House car park in Catford
Grove Park Bus Garage Baring Road
Tesco Lewisham

If you want to recycle your mixed plastics you can take them to Sainsbury’s New Cross Gate and Sainsburys Sava Centre, Southend Lane. These sites will also accept batteries and energy saving lightbulbs (picture below)

Lewisham council also provide a free collection service for mattresses and the Reuse and Recycle Centre can be used for free to get rid of items of household waste.

Batteries can be recycled in all primary schools and libraries throughout the borough and the council are about to launch battery recycling from your doorstep!

Why not have a look at their website to see what else can be recycled at lewisham councils website