Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham

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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!