Waste Management Strategy Consultation

Closed 29 Oct 2021

Opened 23 Jul 2021

Feedback updated 21 Nov 2022

We asked


The Council wanted to establish levels of overall satisfaction with its waste collection service, public perceptions of the quality of service provided and service areas where future improvements could be made to achieve stated priorities.    



You said

1. Over 79% of respondents agreed with the 45% recycling/reuse/composting target for household waste

 2. 74% of respondents disagreed or strongly disagreed with providing smaller bins for general waste

3. 80% of respondents feel that we should continue to promote home composting

4. 92% of respondents feel that the Council should minimise the waste produced from its office buildings

 5. 94% of respondents felt that businesses should separate waste for recycling

The consultation received 1,700 respondents and the overall response was positive and supportive of the Councils aims to maintain a high level of service whilst reducing carbon emisssions. The Council now has a clearer idea of what people who use waste collection want from the service.

We did

1. The 45% target is included within the waste strategy, and in the Council’s Reduction and Recycling Plan

 2. The Council will not be looking to provide smaller bins for general waste at this time

3. This has been included within the waste strategy under Priority 2, the Council will “ensure that recycling and composting is easy” by “providing user-friendly services”

4. Council buildings will be required to develop responsible waste management action plans as part of the safe return to the office after the pandemic, as included under Priority 1

 5. The Council will ensure that businesses have access to appropriate waste disposal services, and will work to develop, implement and publicise a waste management policy


The Council is passionate about creating a cleaner and greener borough. To help us achieve this, we have drafted a new Waste Management Strategy, aligned with our Climate Emergency Action Plan. We are committed to reducing waste, improving air quality and protecting the environment for future generations.

Within the draft strategy, we want to offer a roadmap setting out how residents, businesses, visitors, housing providers and Council services can work together to deliver on the basic principle of the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle).

The draft strategy presents a set of six priorities for the years to come. These priorities are fully explained within the strategy document so please ensure you read this before completing the survey.

Please share your comments and ideas to help shape the final strategy, working together to create a cleaner and greener Lewisham.

Click the link below to open a pdf of the draft strategy.

Draft Waste Management Strategy



  • Bellingham
  • Blackheath
  • Brockley
  • Catford South
  • Crofton Park
  • Downham
  • Evelyn
  • Forest Hill
  • Grove Park
  • Ladywell
  • Lee Green
  • Lewisham Central
  • Perry Vale
  • Rushey Green
  • Sydenham
  • Telegraph Hill


  • General public


  • Refuse and recycling