Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


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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 recycle@lewisham.gov.uk ,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!