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Recycling textiles 14 September 2017

Posted by margotwilson in Recycling & rubbish, Uncategorized.
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Some green recycling bins still have labels on them which say you can put textiles in them but this is no longer accepted by Lewisham Council. So far no answer has been received as to how the Council aim to remedy this confusing situation.So what to do if you have textiles which you can no longer use?  The council have provided bins at the following locations in Forest Hill for recycling clothes and shoes

  • Wood Vale outside block flats 270/332 Wood Vale, SE23 3DZIMG_20170908_101144IMG_20170908_101124
  • Sydenham Hill / Lammas Green, SE26 6LT

But the recycling centre that was in the Sainsbury’s car park in Pearcefield Avenue is no more.


Frankly, this means some people in the centre of Forest Hill will have some way to go to recycle their shoes and clothes. There is no mention on the Council site as to what we are to do with other textiles such as curtains.

In Forest Hill there are opportunities to recycle any unwanted shoes, handbags and clothes in such a way as to help a good cause. Charity shops,Sue RyderIMG_20170908_105713 and British Heart Foundation IMG_20170908_105920 are in London Road and ALD Life is in Dartmouth Road, opposite the swimming pool. wp-image-448009206 They all welcome donations.

The production of textiles is costly in resources : large quantities of pesticides and water are used in the production of cotton for example, so anything we can do to reduce our consumption of textiles is important. It is not just a matter of reducing what we send to landfill. For this reason, the website Love Your Clothes is recommended. It gives advice on buying, repairing and upcycling clothes.   It is also a good idea to buy clothes from the above charity shops. There are plenty of clothes in mint condition, to fit most sizes, and at bargain prices  in all three of the above charity shops.

Recycling – must do better 22 March 2014

Posted by George Crozier in Environment, Recycling & rubbish.
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This story appeared in the February – March 2014 Forest Hill Focus

Lib Dems are calling on Lewisham’s Labour Mayor to act after figures showing the council is bottom of London’s recycling league table for a second year in a row.

In 2012-13 just 20% of household waste was recycled in Lewisham, less than half as much as in most neighbouring boroughs (see map, right).

Duwayne Brooks, Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of Lewisham, said: “Over the last five years most London boroughs have increased their recycling rates, but in Lewisham they have fallen.

“Of course we all have a responsibility to recycle all we can. Everyone should take five minutes to ensure our empty bottles, plastics, cardboards and so on do not get thrown out with the general waste.

“But the main responsibility for Lewisham’s dreadful recycling rate rests with the Mayor and council. They make it too difficult for people to recycle some waste, and do not do enough to publicise what can be recycled.”

A recent survey by Lib Dems in Forest Hill found more than 90% of local residents want the council to do more to reduce and reuse food waste. Margot Wilson said: “Other boroughs such as Southwark collect food and garden waste every week. Why can’t we?”

Recycling rates by borough
Percentages of household waste recycled in Lewisham and neighbouring boroughs in 2012-13

Need to report an illegally parked sofa? 14 February 2010

Posted by Philip in Recycling & rubbish, Streets.

We’re regulars at reporting problems with flytipping, overgrown vegetation, unemptied litter bins etc using the lovelewisham website. The idea is that anyone can use it to report problems with the local environment quickly and easily –
they’ve just got an iPhone app for it, so it’s now possible to report on the move without one of Lewisham Council’s own Windows Mobile phones. The website’s been redone recently too, and is a lot better. The glaring omission is still the lack of an easy-to-use phone number so residents can just text in photos without having to have an app, though.

Free Mattress Recycling 7 January 2010

Posted by Philip in Recycling & rubbish.
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Lewisham Council is going to be introducing a mattress recycling service to help residents dispose of their mattresses in a convenient and environmentally-friendly way.

If you have an old mattrees you need to get rid of, then collect a sticker from Forest Hill (or any other) Lewisham library.

Then put the sticker on the mattress and leave it out with your bins on the evening before the dustbin lorries come round for your normal refuse and recycling collection.

Apparently, ‘a local business, “Matt: UK”, will be responsible for recycling the mattresses. Matt: UK shred the mattresses and then the fabric material is separated from the metal into piles of foam, felt, cotton and polyester. The metal is recycled and the foam can be reused in insulation, while the felt, cotton and polyester can be reused in other textile applications.’

Christmas Tree Recycling 5 January 2010

Posted by Philip in Recycling & rubbish.
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Lewisham Council is running a Christmas tree recycling scheme. You can take your tree for collection in a number of parks around the borough. The four nearest to Forest Hill are at: Sydenham Wells Park (entrance Wells Park Road, SE26); Mayow Park (entrance in Mayow Road, SE23; Hilly Fields (entrance in Hilly Fields Crescent, SE4); Telegraph Hill (Pepys Road/Kitto Road entrance, SE14).