Recycle for Lewisham

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Composting workshops 2013

Lewisham Council is offering free composting workshops that you, your family or your friends may be interested in. The workshops will give you lots of tips and information and you will learn how to compost properly so that you can turn kitchen and garden waste into good useful compost that can be used on your garden.

Learn how to set up a compost bin, what can and cannot go into a compost bin, getting the right mix and trouble shooting. There’s no need to bring anything apart from yourself but if you could be there five minutes before starting time, that would be great.

Mr Compost says 'Come along and learn how to make some good quality compost for your garden.'

Mr Compost says ‘Come along and learn how to make some good quality compost for your garden.’

The dates and locations are as follows:

Wearside Depot 7 May 10am to 11.15am

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve 7 May 4.30pm to 5.45pm

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve 8 May 10am to 11.15am

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve 8 May 6.30pm to 7.45pm

Dacres Wood 9 May  12 noon to 1pm

Wearside Depot 9 May 7pm to 8.15pm

Booking information

Contact: Kristina Binns
Tel:020 8314 2145

Looking forward to seeing lots of people there.

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New Compost Workshops 2012

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 easy to make and use.

Composting reduces waste and is good for the garden

Do your bit to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. 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. Did you know, composting at home for just one year can save global warming gases equivalent to all the CO2 your kettle produces annually, or your washing machine produces in three months?

Compost is a nutrient-rich food product for your garden and will help improve soil structure, maintain moisture levels, and keep your soil’s PH balance in check while helping to suppress plant disease. It will have everything your plants need including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and it will help buffer soils that are very acidic or alkaline. Compost improves your soil’s condition and your plants and flowers will love it!

So why not book onto one of the following courses…they’re free!

June Course (Hurry! Nearly full)

June 13

Meet at the security office, at 6.30pm for a prompt 6.40pm start finishing at 7.50pm. Wearside Depot, Wearside Road, SE13 7EZ

September Courses

Saturday 01 Sept

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

9.30am – 10.45am or 11am – 12.15pm

Monday 03 Sept

Dacres Wood, Dacres Rd, Forest Hill, SE23 2NZ (The site entrance is adjacent to Homefield House)

11am -12.15pm

Wednesday 05 Sept

Downham Library within the Downham Health and Leisure Centre, 7-9 Moorside Road, BR1 5EP

5pm – 6.15pm or 7pm – 8.15pm

Thursday 06 Sept

Downham Library (as above)

11am – 12.15pm or 1pm – 2.15pm

Booking is essential.

To book, please email:

(title email ‘compost workshop’, state which date, session time and how many people will attend. Please also include your phone details)

Alternatively call 020 8314 2145 to leave a detailed message, stating which date, session time and how many people will attend.


Mr Compost promotes Compost Awareness Week

Compost Awareness Week has been running from May 6th – 12th. As part of this and as part of a longer term strategy, Lewisham Council have been promoting the benefits of composting by speaking to residents in Lewisham’s Shopping Centre and also in Catford Market.

Lewisham’s very own Mr Compost also came along to the shopping centre in Lewisham to meet and greet shoppers and to talk to them about how compost can benefit the environment by providing a free source of compost made in your own garden.

This saves residents money as well as they get a free source of compost and it also saves the Council money as all your peelings, teabags, leaves, grass and vegetable matter can be dealt with at home rather than be transported to New Cross and be incinerated – which obviously costs the Council money.

Mr Compost meets an unsuspecting shopper

 At the moment we are giving away compost bins to residents with a garden (or with available communal space) by way of encouraging further take up of composting. Mr Compost is modelling the type of compost bin you will receive (220 litre) in the image above and we can also provide a starter booklet with this which gives you a step by step guide on how to use your compost bin. It also details the things that might go wrong and how to correct any problems if and when they occur.

On top of this we are also running workshops where residents can come along and listen to an expert composter explain all about the processes involved and answer any questions that people might have about composting.

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Free composting workshops

Our composting workshops are a fantastic way for newcomers to learn about the subject and they can also offer handy tips to composting veterans! In just over an hour you can learn:

  • Best placement and setting up a composting area
  • Do’s and don’ts of what to put in
  • How to treat difficult plant matter
  • Getting the balance of materials right
  • Speeding up the process


Downham Library

7-9 Moorside Road, Downham, Bromley BR1 5EP


There are 4 sessions to choose from:

  • Tuesday 1 May      10.30 – 11.45am
  • Tuesday 1 May       1 – 2.15pm
  • Wednesday 2 May   5 – 6.15pm
  • Wednesday 2 May   7 – 8.15pm

 Booking is essential

To book, please email

Please title email ‘composting 2012’, state which date, time and how many people will attend.

 Alternatively, call 020 8314 2145, you may need to leave a message as this phone is often “un-manned”.

Please state which date, time and how many people will attend and leave your contact details.