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Spring Clean pilot a success

This week we have a guest feature on the blog. We work with Lewisham Homes to promote recycling and last week visited Hazel Grove in Sydenham to speak to residents about it. At the time Lewisham Homes staff were doing a spring clean of the estate.  Maria Halouva from Lewisham Homes has the story.

Lewisham Homes have just finished a Spring Clean pilot event on Hatfield Close and Hazel Grove Estates last week. Staff have been on-site for two weeks giving the chute rooms a make-over, litter picking and talking to residents to bring lasting change. We’ll also have a skip at Hazel Grove and helping residents dispose of large items.

Caretakers remove bags from chute area's.

Caretakers remove bags from chute area’s.

Caretakers have been acid cleaning the chute rooms and deep-cleaning the chutes. We had a skip at Hazel Grove for the entire week, helping residents dispose of large items. Other staff members were busy litter picking and door-knocking to talk to residents about why there’s a rubbish problem and what can be done to bring lasting change. Residents were also asked how aware they were of the average time it takes caretakers to clean rubbish from chute rooms and other communal areas – keeping them from cleaning other areas of the estate.

Lewisham Homes staff are ready for action.

Lewisham Homes staff are ready for action.

Spring clean week is a pilot programme that could be rolled out across the borough if it proves to be successful. Many residents stopped our staff during the weeks to say thanks and that they already felt prouder of where they lived. One resident said they couldn’t wait to show their block to their friends and they wanted to keep the communal areas clear of rubbish. We’ll keep you updated on the results of the programme in the following weeks.


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Green Recycling Estates Bags For Flats

Earlier this year, the Council were successful in a bid to the London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) and secured funding to purchase 20,000 green recycling estates bags (GREB’s).

Green Recycling Estates Bag

 With the 10,000 GREBS that the Council bought earlier in the year, this means that there will be 30,000 bags available for the delivery to all large estates, small blocks and new developments across the borough.

 The 55 litre bags can be easily stored and folded away when not in use and be used over and over again. The bags will essentially be used for the collecting of clean dry recyclables such as paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, cans and plastic bottles. Once full, residents can use the bags to take their recyclables to their nearest recycling bin on their estate, block or development.

 As well as the new GREB’s, there will be some money available to put new bins on some estates and signage where necessary. The roll out of the bags will begin in January which ties in quite nicely with the new contract which the Council are starting on December 5th with Bywaters (Leyton) Ltd.

 Previously the Council were only able to collect paper, cardboard, glass bottles, jars, cans and plastic bottles. However, from December 5th, 2011 more materials will be able to be added including beverage cartons (Tetra Paks), mixed plastics (yoghurt pots and margarine tubs etc.) and textiles. More details about the new contract and materials will be coming up on this blog in due course.

 Housing organisations like Lewisham Homes, Phoenix, Pinnacle, Hyde Housing, London & Quadrant and Affinity Sutton have been contacted and are on board with the project and will help to spread the message to their tenants.

 Keep checking this blog for more announcements on the new materials that will be available for recycling.