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Smaller bins in south London aimed to encourage recycling

 

Smaller bins for non-recyclable waste have been distributed across homes in Catford, south London, in a trial aimed at encouraging recycling.

 

Some 1,500 households are taking part in the four-month pilot, which has swapped residents 240-litre wheelie bins with 180-litre replacements.

 

Households in the trial area that do not already have a 240-litre green wheelie bin for recyclable waste will be given one.

 

Both recyclables and non-recyclable collections across the Borough of Lewisham are weekly and the local authority said it has no plans to switch to AWCs.

 

London Remade Solutions will be monitoring the trial, which is being supported by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

 

Lewisham borough cabinet member for customer services Susan Wise said: This pilot scheme aims to encourage residents to think about their waste before they throw it away. We hope the difference in size between the bins will act as a constant reminder that we need to think about recycling first and throwing away second.

 

Initial reactions have been favourable, with some people saying the bins are easier to move and take up less space.

 

 

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