Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


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Capital Clean Ups

10th May 2012

This year our clean up campaign kicked off in the north of the borough along New Cross road on the green areas outside Sainsbury’s behind the large advertising hoardings. This is an area that was heavily littered and we collected 4 bags full of litter. Although this was only a small clean up event, once bottles, cans and carrier bags were removed, the place looked much better and more looked after. To use a line from another large supermarket, every little helps.

Litter free area at Sainsbury’s – Every little helps.

16th May 2012

Next we moved to the east of the borough to Carston Close in Lee Green and along and with a local councillor and some local residents, overgrown vegetation and flytipping were removed including mattresses, carpet, wood, a car bumper, bed base, TV’s, chest of draws and a fair amount of litter. In total 50 bags of litter and refuse were collected.

Good turn out for the clean up.

25th May

The campaign then arrived in the west of the borough at Brockley Way next to the footbridge over from Eddystone Road. Lewisham Council staff as well as staff from CitiBank cut back overgrown vegetation and removed 55 bags. Whilst the work was going on, many passers-by commented that we were doing a very good job. The place certainly looked a lot better when the job was finished.

55 sacks of vegetation were taken away from this site including lots of litter.

23rd June

Next clean up will be at Wickham Mews this coming Saturday in Brockley. All the action starts at 10am and will finish at 1pm. Everyone is welcome to come along, roll up their sleeves and get stuck into a bit of hard work. Tools and refreshments will be provided.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


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Love Lewisham, Love Clean London!

Lewisham’s very own environmental reporting tool “love lewisham” has now been rolled out throughout London with the support of the Mayor, Boris Johnson . The tool has been praised for it’s innovative use of cutting edge technology to empower the public and also save councils money. The launch of Love Clean London was attended by Boris Johnson who removed graffiti and then posted it as a FYI IFI (For Your Information I Fixed It).

For more information on the launch and associated press, you can visit the Love Clean Streets and Love Lewisham Blog, if you want to use the tool for yourself hit the icon at the top right hand side of our blog, issues can be reported using iphone and windows mobile apps or simply via email or sms.

See the Mayor (and Love Clean London) in action by watching the video below ….


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Council Website Down

Lewisham Council’s website will not be accessable from midnight on Wednesday 16th February until 8am Monday 21st February. This is because the Council is moving its servers to a new data centre.

We’re hoping to provide as much information regarding waste and recycling as possible here during this period. There are a list of frequently asked questions below, there is additional information on the tabs at the top of the page and you can use our “tag cloud” on the left hand side of this page to navigate or use the search engine to find specific topic areas.

What can I recycle?

Check out our recycling page for a list of what can and can’t be recycled using your green bin, box or estate collection service.

When is my Refuse and Recycling collection day?

Click on the following link to an externally hosted document listing streets and collection days.

How can I order a new recycling bin or box?

You can visit love clean streets and create a report for yourself, during this time jobs created will not be shown publicly so don’t worry. If you have an outstanding bin request please wait until the 21st February when we will be able to track and deal with your request.

I had a missed bin collection today, how can I report it?

Visit love clean streets and create a report for yourself, this will then be passed to our collection crews who will action the request as quickly as possible.

How do I get rid of something which isn’t collected as part of my kerbside collection service?

Visit our recycling map to find recycling points near to you, these include small electrical appliances and tetrapaks.
You can also take items to our Reuse and Recycling Centre which is open:
Sunday to Friday 8am to 4pm
Saturday 8am to 12 noon

At the site we can accept:
glass, textiles, scrap metal, cans and tins, paper and card, electrical items, gas bottles, plastic bottles, car batteries, all lightbulbs, used cooking oil, garden waste and wood, fridges and freezers, bulky household items.

Before you visit the site it is advised that you read the user guidelines which can be viewed here.

Any other queries

If you have any issues which you feel have not been answered on this site we have set up a temporary email address for this short period:  recycleforlewisham@googlemail.com please note this is a temporary address and will be monitored on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th February 8am – 6pm ONLY.


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What about commercial waste?

“I see so much rubbish dumped in plastic bags in the street. The council needs to provide better bins for commercial premises and get tougher on take aways throwing away old food. This just gets taken out by foxes, crows or rats and is a health and safety hazard. It also makes the streets untidy and I feel sorry for the street cleaners who have to clear up old rice and food”
Thanks to Chapperst for this question
 
Commercial waste is a tricky one and is always the responsibility of the business that produces the waste, the barrier for businesses is that they have to pay for a waste and recycling collection. The vast majority of businesses do this very well and are responsible, there are however some businesses who either aren’t aware of this or who intentionally dump rubbish in plastic bags on the street.
 
The Council do provide a commercial waste and recycling service for businesses which currently serves over 3,000 businesses and schools throughout the borough. Some businesses however choose to use other contractors, so not all of the commercial waste bins in the borough are the Councils.
 
With regards to the plastic bags being on the street, we provide specified time-bands for businesses to place their rubbish out. This ensures that a minimum amount of on street rubbish, much of the commercial waste gets collected at nights. If a business has the room for a commercial waste bin then we can provide them with a bin if they choose to use the Council’s trade waste service. The collection containers range from ordinary sized bins to large bulk bins, however some businesses prefer to just use bags.
 
We also carry out campaigns where we target specific streets where we know there is an issue with fast food littering and are able to change street cleaning schedules so that areas get swept at problem times during the day. If you have any specific streets in mind please let us know and we can target these! You can also report environmental problems such as littering on the love clean streets site.
 
Our street sweepers do an excellent job and have split carts to separate recyclables from normal litter, we have also trialled split recycling/litter bins on Lewisham high street but the results were disappointing with wrong items being put in both sides of the bin.
 
I hope this helps!