Lewisham Council Staff’s Suggestions for Reducing the Environmental Impact of the Council

I got sent a press release from Lewisham Labour Group congratulating council staff on their suggestions on how to reduce the council’s environmental impact – for some reason it’s not made it to their website yet.  Alan Hall who chairs the group reminds us that if we have any good ideas we can use the Local Assemblies as a place to raise them formally.

Anyway here are the ideas council staff came up with:

  • Plastic cups – replacing the use of disposable plastic cups across the organisation. 
  • Further reduction of water coolers.
  • Reusing office stationery – introduction of an ‘office sharepoint’ where staff could reuse unwanted stationery, such as folders and box files, rather than buying new stock.
  • Reusing bags – encouraging staff to reuse carrier bags, or better still, using cotton bags for shopping.
  • Printer and toner cartridges – extending the printer/toner cartridge recycling scheme so that all Council printer/toner cartridges can be recycled.
  • Extending the range and coverage of recycling facilities across the Council.
  • Saving electricity – installing new software for Council PCs which automatically switches appliances off when not in use.
  • Lighting – launch of a new internal “switch it off” audit and awareness campaign reminding staff to switch off lights and electrical equipment when not in use (many offices already have ‘movement sensitive’ lights fitted, which automatically switch off if no movement is detected in the room).

All small things that can make a difference, let’s hope Sir Steve agrees and makes them council policy.


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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6 Responses to Lewisham Council Staff’s Suggestions for Reducing the Environmental Impact of the Council

  1. Sue Luxton says:

    It’s just a rehash of the official Council press release which should be online. Nifty bit of recycling on Alan’s part!

  2. Max says:

    There’s always the old Ken Livingstone’s advice about toilets that needs clearer implementing guidelines. I mean, does Cllr Alan Hall think we should flush after peeing or not. A press release from the party is needed at once! The sooner the better, we can’t hold it forever.

  3. Andrew Brown says:

    Sue, to be fair to Alan all the suggestions were in the “Notes for Editors” bit of the release rather than the body.

  4. Alan Hall says:

    All I can say is that if Max doesn’t know the answer to that question by now…..

    And, thanks for your support, Sue. After all, Labour is implementing a enviro friendly agenda in Lewisham…..See you tomorrow at the full Council!!

  5. Max says:

    See you there, I’ll be there too, I have a question in.

  6. Alex says:

    It is great to see leadership from local government in the UK re: environmental stewardship. I live in a small town (about 20,000 compared to the 250,000 in Lewisham) in the US and so it is relatively easy for a small group to make changes in local government. I am happy to see you making change in a larger town – good example. I look forward to following your process from abroad.


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