Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


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Green waste collection points service starts soon

For all the green fingered residents amongst you, the Council are starting up their green waste satellite collection points soon. The scheme officially starts on Saturday 24th March 2012 and finishes the last Sunday in November, which is the 25th November.

Grass clippings and shrubbery welcome                                © Simon Howden

The green waste collection points are in the usual places, which are,

  • Riddons Roadjunction withMayeswood Road
  • Girton Roadcar park, Sydenham
  • Laurence House car park, Catford
  • Kitto Road, outside The Hill Station, Telegraph Hill

Please remember that plant material should be no bigger than 4 inches in diameter (logs, large branches etc.). The green waste can be brought in plastic sacks or preferably reusable bags.

The things that we don’t want you to bring along are,

  • Kitchen waste (food waste, peelings etc.)
  • Soil
  • Turf,
  • Stones, rocks, bricks etc.
  • Japanese Knotweed

Proof of address and ID must be shown to enable you to use the service and we don’t accept any trade waste or trailers and open back vehicles. We would also take action against anyone caught flytipping at these sites.

For further information about the Reuse and Recycling Centre,Landmann Way, New Cross or the Council’s garden waste kerbside service, please contact EnviroCall on 020 8314 7171.

photo: Simon Howden


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Capital Growth’s £35,000 boost to get Londoners growing food

The Mayor is calling for more green-fingered volunteers to step up and join Capital Growth by bidding for a share of £35,000 now available to budding community food gardening groups.

In this latest round of money available through Capital Growth, any community group with a plot of land ready to grow on, can apply for up to £750 to help them get growing. The Mayor launched Capital Growth in 2008 with the charity London Food Link to help green the city, boost volunteering and improve quality of life. The Mayor sees Capital Growth as a key part of his Team London initiative to encourage Londoner’s to get out and get engaged with volunteering in their communities. Capital Growth to date has already engaged 35,000 people in community food growing projects in London making it the biggest contributor to the Mayor’s Team London programme.

Capital Growth provides a practical response to the rising interest in ‘grow your own’ and to the fact that lengthening waiting lists for allotments that can be decades long. Any Londoner keen to volunteer with other members of their community to cultivate a thriving food garden are eligible to apply for a grant until the closing date of November 7th this year. There are now more than 1300 Capital Growth projects running involving more than 35,000 people, most of whom are volunteering.

Previous grant rounds to date have offered financial help to 559 projects to get started. Recipients will generally use their money to pay for equipment such as tools, soil, compost, and wood for raised beds. Those interested in benefiting from future funding rounds should register with Capital Growth to ensure they don’t miss out.

This grant round comes as a new and independent report by City and Guilds has found that community food growing projects can play an important role in helping to improve people’s work skills and employability as well as gain confidence. The report used several Capital Growth projects as well as other community food gardens to underpin its findings.

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, said: ‘Volunteering to improve your local environment is not only great fun and a cheap source of healthy food, but an important way for some people to gain valuable skills. Capital Growth has been a fantastic success in helping bring green fingered Londoners together and I hope this latest cash incentive will get even more people to sign up and join my Team London army.’

Paola Guzman from Sustain the organisation that manage Capital Growth, commented: “Over the last 3 years of the campaign, we have seen the huge benefits that food growing can bring to communities.  More than 1,300 communities across London are now receiving support from Capital Growth. In these difficult economic times, we know that communities need extra support, so we hope these grants will be able to help. ”

A previous recipient of a Capital Growth grant is Cranbrook Community Food Garden in Tower Hamlets. A disused piece of land in the Cranbrook Estate was converted in 2009 into a beautiful food-growing garden. A grant of £750 allowed the group of residents to purchase soil and seeds and other materials necessary to start. The garden generated so much attention that the local council took notice and awarded them further funding. Cranbrook Community Food Garden has been a catalyst for wider community engagement in the estate and is the space where neighbours share experiences and food.

Janet Burns who currently manages the Cranbrook site said, “Since I started coming to the garden I feel like a part of my local community. I have met more neighbours and share a cuppa with them. This garden is a wonderful place where all my neighbours have worked really hard.”

Capital Growth has seen a wide range of community groups applying for the grants programme in the past such as doctor surgeries, universities, businesses, shelter housing projects, tenants and residents associations, faith and cultural groups and many more. Partner organisations include 18 borough councils, ten housing associations, Transport for London and British Waterways. Capital Growth also runs competitions to get schools and housing estates growing.


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Free Composting Workshops!

Making and using compost is the cornerstone of gardening, especially organic gardening. So with that in mind what better opportunity to get started or learn a bit more about composting than with our Free Composting Workshops.

In just 1 hour you can learn…

How to get a compost started

  • Do’s and don’ts – what goes into a compost
  • How to get the best out of your compost
  • Wormeries
  • Q & A

To book onto a course, please email Kristina on: kristina.binns@lewisham.gov.uk (please title email “compost workshop”, state which date, time and how many people will attend).

The Workshops are:

Manor House Library – 34 Old Road, London SE13 5SY

  • May 10th (Tuesday) 7-8pm
  • May 11th (Wednesday) 9.30-10.30am and 11am-12noon

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve, Forest Hill, SE23 (entrance is opposite Tyson Road)

  • June 1st (Wednesday) 5.30-6.30pm and 7-8pm
  • June 2nd (Thursday) 5.30-6.30pm and 7-8pm
  • June 3rd (Friday) 3-4pm and 4.30-5.30pm
  • June 4th (Saturday) 9.30-10.30am and 11am-12noon

Alternatively call 020 8314 2145. You may need to leave a message as this phone may not be attended to everyday. Please state which date, time and how many people will attend and leave your contact details when leaving a message.


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What to do with your Garden Waste?

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

From 19 March until 27 November 2011, 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 athe four locations by visiting our recycling map (look out for the green trees) 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 free compost bin, email recycle@lewisham.gov.uk for more details.


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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 recycle@lewisham.gov.uk to get a free compost bin!


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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

Email: kristina.binns@lewisham.gov.uk