Tuesday 21 June 2005 1.24pm
> I'm baffled to hear people praising Southwark's
> recycling services. I've lived in Elephant a few
> months now and found the collections are awful.
[LR originally wrote]
I think the duration of some current waste disposal contracts that Southwark is tied to has something to do with the SELHCP incinerator (sorry, "energy recovery facility") next to the New Den.
[Edited to add: LR then remembers that...]
Southwark only sends about 25% of its waste to SELHCP - the rest goes to landfill . It seems the reason for their odd mix of recycling contracts is that they are all short term until the new
- candidate for the best ever local government euphemism (!!!) - is built on the OId Kent Road
> In Wandsworth absolutely every recyclable can go
> into one single orange sack which is collected
> weekly on the same day as the regular waste
All the boroughs in Western Riverside Waste Authority (Lambeth, Southwark, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham) have bought into a contract where all their recycling is sent downriver to an enormous Heath Robinson like "waste recovery plant" which separates cans, glass bottles, plastic bottles and paper with minimal labour.
> At the very least, changing to weekly collections
> is essential, because having rubbish piling up in
> your house for two weeks is a real disincentive to
> recycling, and means a lot of stuff goes in the
> regular bin when it shouldn't.
That's the problem when you trial a scheme in Dulwich where they all have garages/utility rooms to store the boxes in.
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 21 June 2005 1.44pm by Lang