Lewisham has one of the worst recycling rates in London, just 11% compared with 23% in Bromley and 24% in Enfield, both Conservative councils. Conservative councils are some of the greenest in London.
I want to see a dramatic improvement in Lewisham’s recycling levels. I don’t claim to have all the answers but other Conservative councils in London have turned their recycling rates around and by using their experience and listening to their advice we can do the same here in Lewisham.
We need making recycling easier than not recycling. I will ensure a green wheeley-recycling bin for every household rather than the little boxes that many currently have.
The refuse collection teams can provide help and advice on recycling were needed and this advice can be targeted to poorest performing households. We won’t need fines and penalties just encouragement and a helping hand where necessary.
Turning Lewisham Green will not be done overnight and can only be achieved if everyone works together, but with the right attitude and some community spirit it can be done.