Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


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August Bank Holiday Collections

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend changes will be made to the collections of refuse and recycling. Generally most collections will be a day behind so please ensure that you have you bins out at the boundary of your property ready to be collected. With the garden waste bins, please ensure they are out on the street on the pavement so that our crews can see that they need collecting. Full details of the changes can be found in the table below.

Thank you for leaving bins at the edge

Refuse and Recycling collection arrangement during the Easter an


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May Bank Holiday collection Times

Over the May Bank Holiday weekend there will be some changes to the collections of refuse and recycling services. Most collections will be a day behind so please ensure that you have you bins out at the boundary of your property ready to be collected. Full details of the changes can be found in the table below.

Ours refuse and recycling crews will be back to business as usual once they have caught up.

Ours refuse and recycling crews will be back to business as usual once they have caught up.

May Bank Holiday Collection Times 2016

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend


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What else can you recycle in your home?

This week (22nd – 28th June) is recycle week.  Lewisham Council along with lots of local authorities across the UK are encouraging their residents to think more about what can be recycled around the home. The short animated film below illustrates very clearly what other materials there are in the home that should be finding their way into your green recycling bin.

More information about the Council recycling services can be found here: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/wasterecycle/Pages/What-can-i-put-in-my-recycling-bin.aspx

And remember, please use our textile banks or your local charity shop for the recycling and reusing of clothes and other textiles.


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Changes to refuse and recycling collections over the Easter Bank Holiday

Over the Easter Bank Holiday, there will be changes to your refuse and recycling collections for two weeks from Friday 03rd April 2015. Please ensure that you put the correct items into your recycling bin and bring your bins to the boundary of your property on the day of collection before 6am. If you have textiles to recycle, please use a charity shop or one of our many textile banks. Recycling textiles this way ensures clothes keep their quality and value.

Don't forget to put your bins out if you want a collections over Christmas and the New Year

Don’t forget to put your bins out if you want a collection over the bank holidays

The collection day changes are listed below:

Normal Collection day Revised collection day
Monday – Thursday normal collection Monday – Thursday normal collection
  • Friday 03rd April
  • Saturday 04th April
  • Monday 06th April
  • Tuesday 07th April
  • Tuesday 07th April
  • Wednesday 08th April
  • Wednesday 08th   April
  • Thursday 09th April
  • Thursday 09th April
  • Friday 10th April
  • Friday 10th April
  • Saturday 11th April


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How have the Refuse and Recycling Service Standards ‘bedded in’?

Back in the summer of July 2013, four Field Officers were employed by Lewisham Council to undertake what was seen at the time as a relatively short programme of rolling out brand new Service Standards. These were being introduced to clarify what the roles of the crews were when delivering the refuse and recycling services and also what role the residents played.

Residents that receive a kerbside collection will probably be familiar with these new Standards by now. This heralds a new way of doing things in Lewisham and is the first time since collections began that residents are having to bring their bins to the boundary of their property themselves – if they do of course want their bins emptied.

If your bin needs to be emptied, let us know by leaving them at the inside boundary of your property

If your bin needs to be emptied, let us know by leaving them at the inside boundary of your property

Introducing standards for these services is nothing new in London. Most boroughs in the capital have something similar in place that clarifies the roles of crews and residents alike. Greenwich for example ask their residents to leave their bins on the public highway if they want a collection. However in Lewisham we say to leave the bins at the edge of the property boundary to avoid obstructing the pavement. Residents are then expected to return the bins back to their property at their earliest possible convenience once the crews have emptied them and left them at the outside boundary without blocking the public highway.

Now that over a year has passed since their introduction, we wanted to find out how the Service Standards have ‘bedded in’. So we spoke to crews, our Field Officers and looked at correspondence that came in via email and issues that were raised over the phone to see how the rollout went.

We started by asking our crews what their thoughts were on the Service Standards roll out. Their responses were on the whole enthusiastic which we were pleased to hear. They told us that residents were responding well to the changes. There were and still are residents that forget to put their bins out on the day of collection before 6am which results in them not having their bins emptied. When this happens, we have to inform the residents in question that they won’t be getting another collection until the following week. Unless of course its an assisted collection.

Our crews will take additional recycling materials if they are bagged in clear sacks

Our crews will take additional recycling materials if they are bagged in clear sacks

In some instances the changes can be seen as beneficial to residents as collections aren’t always needed every week, which means that bins won’t need to be brought in off the street every week. Those who recycle, compost and generally reduce their waste may only need a collection once a fortnight or even once a month in some cases? You also don’t want your bin sitting outside of your house if you are on holiday.

From December onwards we will no longer have any Field Officers but their help in ensuring everything rolled out smoothly was invaluable. They fed back all issues and problems regarding the rollout and painted a very positive picture. They said that crews and residents alike have adapted well and have responded positively by bringing out their bins. Where there’s been uncertainty, they’ve made visits to residents properties to sort out any problems and issues.

But its not all about bringing the bins to the boundary of the property. The measures are also designed to help residents reduce the amount of waste they generate. When crews come across bins that have been over producing and the lid of the bin is up with bags of waste sticking out, the address is taken down and the resident will receive a letter about this and reminding them that lids must be down on the day of collection.

By asking for the lids to be down on collection day, we are hoping that residents will reduce the amount of waste they produce

By asking for the lids to be down on collection day, we are hoping that residents will reduce the amount of waste they produce

This partnership approach with residents is working well and we want to thank everyone who have helped make the transition and the change in Lewisham bin collection policy a smooth and an easy one.

All we ask now is for residents to remember to take their bins back onto their properties after their collection which will keep the streets looking tidier and prevent passersby from using the bins to deposit other types of waste.

For those that are still not sure about the Service Standards, please click on the following link which gives full details: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/wasterecycle/Documents/WRServiceStd.pdf


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Rain, sun and more rain at the Bellingham Festival

This weekend the Recycling team made yet another appearance on the Lewisham festival circuit. The Bellingham Festival was held on Saturday 28th June at Bellingham Green.

Table at the ready!

Table at the ready!


The event was arranged by Phoenix Housing and was a celebration of life in the ward. Local choirs sang, knick knacks were sold and a good time was had by all. But it nearly didn’t happen. At approximately 11am the heavens opened and it looked like the day would be a total wash out. Thankfully, it was only a brief downpour and we were able to get in a good 3 hours of festivities.

But then at 2.45 disaster struck! The rain came and this time it wasn’t alone, it brought some thunder with it too. People tried to brave it but it was relentless and we all got absolutely soaked!

In any case everybody enjoyed the day and we spoke to over 30 people about recycling and composting. So we couldn’t really ask for much more than that. Could we?

Next stop – People’s Day. See you then.


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A day in the sun at the Rushey Green Festival

Sunday the 8th June was an absolute scorcher and two members of the recycling team braved the heat to man a stall at the Rushey Green Festival that took place at the Ladywell Arena.

 

Rushey Green Festival 2

 

Saved by the shade!

Funded by the Rushey Green Ward Assembly and sponsored by Barratts Homes, Hunters Estates  and L&Q the festival was completely organised and hosted by the Rushey Green Time Bank. It was designed to be a family friendly community event with fun activities (and food!) to gather residents for a celebration of local talent and opportunities to meet other local groups and people.

You could even get your bike fixed and learn something more Council services and what’s going on in the ward.

Over 1500 people came along and were entertained by multiple performers  –  ‘Let’s Swing’, ‘Wuntanara’, ‘Heart of Steel’ and Alan Dunn ( from Bob Geldof Band/Boomtown Rats) accompanied by Kirsten Hammond.

Rushey Green Festival 1

 

People all over Ladywell Arena

 

If you would like to find out more about the Rushey Green Time Bank follow this link to their website: http://www.rgtb.org.uk/