A community clean-up campaign which ran from May to July this year will now be rolled out to cover many more of Lambeth's streets - starting last Sunday 31 August in Webber, Mitre and Ufford Streets near Waterloo Station.
Under the scheme, Lambeth Street Care provides a refuse collection vehicle – and an additional vehicle for metal recycling – on a pre-arranged date. All residents have to do is leave their unwanted bulky rubbish in their front gardens the night before collection, and Lambeth Street Care will remove it without charge. Metal goods will be separated out for recycling.
Mattresses, sofas, wardrobes, cookers, washing machines and other furniture can all be collected. Council workers make sure the road and pavements are left clean and tidy after the clear-out.
"The last clean-up campaign proved so popular with local residents that it was obviously well worth organising another one, targetting different streets," says Clare Whelan, executive member for environment.
"We'll also be using the campaign to encourage people to recycle much more of their rubbish."
Feedback from residents after the last campaign was extremely positive, with comments on how well the collections were organised, and how "efficient, thorough and polite" the staff.
In addition to the pre-arranged community clean-ups, anyone living in Lambeth can make their own arrangements to have bulky rubbish collected free by ringing 020 7926 9000 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org