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Capital Cleaned Up

Last week saw the end to the first phase of the Capital Clean up Campaign, this phase of the campaign proved highly succesful with 35 events being organised and a total of 180 volunteers turning up to take part. This included members of the public, school children, firemen, community support officers and council staff.

Throughout the course of the campaign we collected over 160 bags of rubbish and swept, weeded and litter picked our way through 15 locations across the borough, check out the pictures below.

The next phase will start on the 5th September and will mainly focus on schools, so if you would like to volunteer for future events please contact

Willow Way, Forest Hill

Castillon Road Footpath, Whitefoot

The Capital Clean Up Team

Willow Way, Forest Hill


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Get involved in tidying up your local area

Following last weeks post promoting the Capital Clean campaign we now have confirmed dates and locations:

Friday 10th June 2011
Next to 45 Sevenoaks road, SE1 1RF  10 am – 2pm

Saturday 11th June 2011
Castillon rd SE6 1QA, Winlaton rd BR1 5PY, Ivorydown, Moorside rd BR1 5EP 11 – 3pm

Friday 17th June 2011
Station road, Lewisham (quaggy river) 10 – 2pm

Friday 24th June 2011
alleyway behind the Brockley road shops off St.Margets road, Brockley SE4  from 10.30am – 12 noon

Saturday 25th June 2011
Dacres road footpath, SE23 2NR  10 – 12 noon

Thursday 30th June 2011
Catford Road cycle path Adjacent to Wickes stores , SE610 – 12 noon

Thursday 7th July 2011
Elmira street/ Silver road, SE13 7BB  (Lewisham) 10am – 12 noon

Tuesday 12th July 2011
London Road footpath opposite Sainsbury, Forest Hill, SE23 3HF 10 am – 2 pm

Wednesday 20th July
Willow way, Forest Hill, SE26 4QP  10 – 12 noon

If you want to get involved you can contact Colin Sandiford on 02083142128 or

Projects will involve clearing pathways, sweeping, removing overgrown vegetation, flytipping, graffiti, flyposting and litter picking. There will be Council Officers and members of the local community there, all tools and health & safety materials will be provided, we look forward to seeing you there!

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Supermarkets can now take plastic film for recycling

One question we often get asked is about recycling carrier bags and film, at the moment in Lewisham we can’t currently accept this type of plastic in our kerbside collection.

However there is now another option – Supermarket stores which collect plastic bags for recycling will now accept clean plastic film packaging (such as bread bags and cereal liners) in the same facilities, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) announced on April 7.

Carrier bag banks can be found at more than 4,500 supermarkets. A new version of the on-pack label (See picture on the right) will appear on relevant packaging to encourage customers to dispose of it in this way.

The thin plastic, also used around multipacks of cans and household goods such as toilet roll, makes up 43% of all plastic household packaging and weighs a total of 645,000 tonnes every year. By comparison, plastic bottles account for 32%, or 480,000 tonnes. Thin plastic film is fully recyclable but until now most people have had no means of recycling it.

We’ve done a quick bit of research in Lewisham and the supermarkets which have facilities for you to dispose of plastic bags …and now plastic film are:

  • Tesco, Lewisham
  • Sainsburys, Lewisham Shopping Centre
  • Sainsburys, New Cross
  • Tesco, Catford
  • Co-op, Downham
  • Sainsburys, Forest Hill
  • Sainsburys, Sydenham SavaCentre
  • Sainsburys, Lee Green

You can find all of the locations on our recycling map – look for the yellow carrier bags.

The recycling points are all located in the stores as opposed to outside (with the textile banks etc) and are usually behind the check-out. There is a picture of a couple of typical ones below – if in doubt ask a member of staff.