Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham

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Get the last of your Garden Waste Collected …

So you’ve been mowing, weeding and pruning all summer long and your compost bins are spilling over! If this sounds like you and you’re looking to get rid of the last bit of garden waste, the council do provide a garden waste collection service, you can use the service by picking up garden waste sacks from your local library or phone CallPoint on 020 8314 7171. The sacks come in rolls of 10 and cost £10 per roll (cash payments only).

The charge covers the costs of collection and transporting the waste to a compost site. Once one or more bags are full, contact CallPoint to arrange a collection …. simples!

Remember as well that our free drop off points are open until the end of November and you can email to get a free compost bin!


Get Composting …

Lewisham Council is putting on free composting workshops for residents.

A local resident who attended one of Lewisham’s composting workshops gave us some feedback on the session,  if the sessions are this good surely you have to give it a go … 

“What a useful and interesting way to spend a Sunday morning!

The style of the session allowed me to take in the message and when I got home, I ran through the principles with my husband and son, who got so engaged, they immediately went to shred some paper to add to the compost bin.

The instructor was engaging, knowledgable, and brilliant at getting the message across. If I hadn’t done the course, I would be just bunging in waste and hoping for the best. Now I feel I understand the principles thank you so much”

If you already own a compost bin you’ll be able to learn if what you’re putting in there is right and how to get the correct mix to create good quality compost. If you don’t already own a compost bin you can order or pick one up (for free) and get composting!

For further details and to book a place …

Call: 02083142145



Spring is (just about) here again so it’s time to recycle your garden waste!

Lewisham council’s free weekend garden waste recycling is returning… 


From 20 March until 28 November 2010, residents can dispose of their garden waste at four sites in different parts of the borough. The four locations, open to residents from 9am to 12noon on Saturdays and Sundays, are: 

Riddons Road junction with Mayeswood Road, Grove Park
Girton Road Car Park, Sydenham
Kitto Road, outside Orange Café, Telegraph Hill
Laurence House Car Park, Catford 

You can see a map of the four locations here

You can bring your garden waste in plastic or reusable bags. Flowers and plants, grass clippings, hedge trimmings, leaves, and twigs and branches up to four inches in diameter will all be accepted.
We cannot accept kitchen waste, vegetable peelings, soil, turf, stones or Japanese knotweed. No trade waste or trailers, vans or open back vehicles will be allowed.
The service is free, but residents should bring along proof of address and ID.
Alternitavely residents can buy garden waste sacks: Call CallPoint on 020 8314 7171 or collect them from your local library. The sacks come in rolls of 10 and cost £10 per roll (cash payments only). The charge covers the costs of collection and transporting the waste to a compost site. Once one or more bags are full, contact CallPoint to arrange a collection.
The best option however is to do your own composting, you can try composting your garden waste (and loose shredded paper) at home, using a low-cost compost bin.

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Compost your food and Garden Waste

Composting is an inexpensive, natural process that transforms your kitchen and garden waste into a valuable and nutrient rich food for your garden. It’s even More inexpensive in Lewisham because we offer FREE COMPOST BINS to all of our residents, just email ,let us know your address and we’ll get one dropped round.

Even for households that are already composting, new research has found that almost half of the food waste in their rubbish bins could have been composted.

Composting is also really good for the Environment, by composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, and if you’re a keen gardener what you produce will be a nutrient-rich food product for your garden which will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep your soil’s PH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease.

If you’re new to composting or feel that you’ve never quite got the hang of it you can visit recycle now or garden organic for some excellent tips including where to put your bin (there is a science behind it!) and what to put in it, come the summer Lewisham Council should be running more composting workshops!