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Kerbside Recycling

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Joined 08-01-2003
Posted on Thursday, 03 March, 2005 - 09:59 am:   

Here is a question for anyone in the know, I have tried the Enviro Call centre but keep drawing a blank as nobody there can offer me the answers.

Lewisham have offered kerbside recycling for many years which is fantastic and i'm all for. However why can plastics not be included in the list of items?

I worked out that in my household we throw away more plastic bottles & other plastics than the amount of cans and glass bottles put together by at least double if not more. Iím sure most households resemble this fact too, considering the amount of plastic contained in packaging, food & drink and on everyday consumables. The interesting thing is, the 'Estates Recycling Programme' that is offered to housing estates in the borough includes green banks for plastics with the term 'wash and squash' Iím miffed as to why if you live on the 10th floor of a local authority estate you can recycle plastics, but if you live in a semi detached in Forest Hill you cant make use of the service? Why?

Also my local bottle bank fails to provide a plastics service too.

Perhaps someone knows something, or our local councillors Dave and Susan can provide me with the answers.

Joined 09-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 11 March, 2005 - 11:51 am:   

There is much confusion about this and I would like some answers too. I was under the impression that plastics (bottles only) are taken with the kerbside collection along with glass, paper & cardboard. The problem is, I think, is that different things are being done in different parts of the borough and very little comunication arrives (if any). Thus, I admit that what information I have gleaned about this is hearsay (though some from a bin man making the collection)

One thing I am fairly sure of, as I enquired about this some time ago at a previous address in Lewisham, is that the estates recycling is available to ALL residents not just those on the estate.

I would like to see a joined up strategy here and in particular some plastic bag recycling would be nice. (Closest that I know of for this is sainsburys)

Joined 07-12-2003
Posted on Friday, 11 March, 2005 - 04:32 pm:   

Hi there:

The position is that you can put in your green box the following:

Paper and cardboard of any sort
Glass bottles etc
Metal cans of any sort

There is no need to pre-sort this, as this is done semi-mechanically. It causes extra work if paper, bottles and cans are separately bagged up in the green box, so please just throw it all in, and leave the rest to the Council.

Plastic bottles may be taken to the bins on the Council estates and elsewhere (which are indeed available to everyone).

We do not at the moment include plastic in the door step collection purely because of the volume problem. We are looking at options for next year however.

We have also increased next year's budget for information on recycling, and the approach will be very wide, in keeping with the Council's deep commitment to the environment.
Joined 27-07-2003
Posted on Saturday, 12 March, 2005 - 08:08 am:   

Us folk who don't live in houses or on council estates still have to trek down to Sainsburys car park
Joined 07-12-2003
Posted on Saturday, 12 March, 2005 - 09:18 am:   

Dear BT

You don't have to trek down to Sainsburys car park.

Anyone, whether resident on the Estate or not, can use the recycling bins on our Council estates.

If you live in a block of flats which does not have a recycling bin, please let me know which one, and I will see whether there is a practical solution. Some blocks, for example, have been allocated green wheellie bins for their recycling.

Joined 27-07-2003
Posted on Saturday, 12 March, 2005 - 09:27 am:   

Theres not much difference in the distance and there's parking at Sainsburys. I live at the TOP of Taymount Rise.
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 15 March, 2005 - 04:25 pm:   

Councillor, are we going to get fined for not recycling as at least one London Borough is doing?
Joined 08-01-2003
Posted on Saturday, 19 March, 2005 - 03:28 pm:   

I had a couple of green boxes but these were not enough, rang enviro call (020 8314 7171) and they said they are currently trialling green bins, 2 weeks later one turns up!

Should any other residents need one give the council a call, i'm sure there must still be spaces on the trial!
Joined 05-03-2004
Posted on Monday, 21 March, 2005 - 06:45 pm:   

Adam I phoned today and they were keen to know just how much i recycle and surely it should all fit in the ickle green box, however after a 20 minutes phone call they are sending me a green bin, however I am a bit worried now, as I can't help but think I am going to get one the size of the bins on the council estates!!!!
Joined 08-01-2003
Posted on Tuesday, 22 March, 2005 - 08:09 am:   


dont worry, it is the same size as your current wheelie bin, just green.

I suggest you mark your address on yours, a number of my neighbours have been eying my one up!!!
Joined 05-03-2004
Posted on Tuesday, 22 March, 2005 - 10:34 am:   

phew!! thanks Adam, valued point i will be marking mine!!

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