Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham

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Ariel Love Clean London!

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today joined forces with Procter & Gamble (P&G), Worldwide Partner of the London 2012 Games, to deliver the Mayor’s annual Capital Clean-up campaign, now titled the P&G Capital Clean Up.

Over the next three months a series of clean up events designed to bring Londoners together to spruce up neglected areas of the city will be hosted as London gears up to host the greatest show on earth this summer.

Supported by prime time actress Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs / Ashes to Ashes), the P&G Capital Clean-up will be taking place across London from March to June 2012 and an army of around 1,700 community champions is expected to join the transformation, dedicating up to 5,000 hours to scrubbing, sprucing and polishing London’s streets and green spaces.

It is hoped that this year’s clean up efforts will be the biggest yet, with more than 20 individual events take place across March – June 2012 in preparation for the London 2012 Games, clearing in the region of 1,000 bags of litter, removing unsightly graffiti, and restoring swathes of habitat. The public can get involved by signing up to participate in one of the organised clean up events at

Some of the UK’s most recognisable household brands – Flash, Febreze and Ariel detergent and stain remover– are behind the P&G Capital Clean-up and committed to working with the Mayor of London, the GLA, and Londoners to help add sparkle to our host city full of heritage and culture ahead of the London 2012 Games.

  • Flash will be using its amazing cleaning power to create shining landmark images on the Southbank that will help get Londoners excited about the clean up campaign
  • Febreze is planning to make London a fresher, greener place by creating a series of Fresh Havens to help Londoners breathe happy
  • Ariel is on a mission to make London stain free using the ‘Love Clean London’ app: a call to arms for Londoners to report grime and stains across the capital

For the full calendar of the P&G Capital Clean-up events and to register people can visit

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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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Food on the go Litter

Nobody likes seeing litter on the streets of Lewisham (or any streets for that matter!), it can be bad for business and tourism, dangerous to children and animals, attracts rodents and encourages further anti-social behaviour. In Lewisham, we have collected 193 tonnes of food on the go related litter, that was not properly disposed of!

Last week we launched our “Food on the Go” campaign, this is an ongoing effort on the part of Lewisham Council and Keep Britain Tidy to reduce the amount of food and drinks related litter found on Lewisham’s streets as well as encouraging the correct disposal of litter from food on the go. This includes not only fast food packaging but drinks cartons and bottles, confectionary and sandwich packaging. The campaign ran from 15th November until 28th November .

The campaign involved working with local businesses and schools to help get the message about the responsible disposal of litter. It is a mixture of enforcement and education as the message is that there is a fixed penalty fine of £75, or failure to pay the fine within 14 days can lead to prosecution or a fine of up to £2500.

During the campaign period, The Natural Theatre Company were employed to engage the public in an interactive way to help spread the message. Council Officers were on hand to distribute ‘Wrap its’ – a folded cardboard pack including recycled paper for people to responsibly dispose of gum responsibly. We hope the campaign will be succesful in reducing the amount of litter on Lewishams Streets – if you want any more info, please email

If you do see any large amounts of littering on the streets of Lewisham or throughout London you can report it using Love Clean Streets (recently mentioned by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaking about Cloud Computing at the Government Leaders Forum in London)