I agree, I got so lonely today that I just had to go for a lovely run down to Peckham Rye Park to enjoy the sunshine (nod to SE23.Life Strava group).
While on my run I did take some photos of what I consider to be the epitome of lazy and short-sighted recycling infrastructure by Lewisham - drum role please …
Above are two photos of typical recycling bins outside a block of flats. You will notice that they are padlocked shut and have slots in to feed recycling items in one-by-one. These bins were not particularly close to the front door, so the residents have to collect their recycling in an open container in their flats and then regularly take those containers out of their flat, down the stairs/lifts, feed the contents slowly into these recycling bins through the flaps and then return their containers to their flat. In contrast, landfill waste can be collected in black refuse sacks and thrown into an unlocked large bin. It really pains me how idiotic this system is.
The reasoning supplied by the council to me for locking the bins is that when they were left open, they were contaminated by people putting black bags in.
Neighbouring councils, such as Lambeth, distribute clear orange refuse sacks for households to put their recyclable waste in, and then have open top large recycling bins for large residential units.
When I moved to Lewisham, I was struck how idiotic the recycling system was for large residential units - the council actively make it harder for people to recycle than not.