Bin there, done that


Brockley's new bins are officially "launched"

Following a rather heated debate about the artistic merits of Brockley's new bins, we thought it would be pertinent to post this press release from Lewisham Council about the initiative. Perhaps this will lead to a reappraisal of the project, perhaps not! But in any case, congratulations to Millie:

New recycling bins, made to look like parcels, were launched yesterday at Brockley Cross, by the young designer who came up with the idea.

Millie Goslyn-Jones, aged 11, invented the design within 30 minutes after being set a design challenge at her school to find new ways of making recycling bins more interesting.

The new parcel bins follow on from the hugely successful “Moo Cross” cow bins (in New Cross) and calf bins placed in schools, which saw recycling in the area increase by 60% after being turned into ‘cows’.

Millie, from John Stainer Primary School in St Asaph Road in Brockley, said: “It’s really exciting to see my design on the bins, I walk pass them every day to go school and all my friends think it’s really cool and make the bins look much smarter than before.”

Councillor Susan Wise, Cabinet Member for Customer Service, said: “Well done to Millie for coming up with such a fun and exciting way to make recycling more interesting and noticeable.

“I want to encourage everyone to do their part by posting all paper, cardboard, glass, tin and plastic bottles into these new bins.”

Local artistic design company, Artmongers, turned Millie’s idea into a reality from her original design drawing. The company, formed by artists
Patricio Forrester and Julian Sharples, produces artistic interventions from customised wheelie bins, cars and clothes to large-scale murals and art-on-trees, specialising in colourful, approachable, comical artworks.

Artmongers collaborates with artists, designers and members of the public, to produce artworks that genuinely improve the urban environment and create a sense of pride and ownership.

There are 8 ‘parcel’ recycling bins at Harefield Road in Brockley.

The unveiling of the bins coincides with the introduction of timed collections, which has eliminated the need for a recreation of a Red Square victory parade on our high street pavements. A source at the Council explains:
"The timed collections began on 16th June and have made a real impact on the street scene in Brockley. As you will know there's usually fly tipping and dumped bags around the old bins and a lot of litter along the stretch of shops. Whenever I've passed it's looked much better (I'm a Brockley resident so pass frequently). Businesses and residents and all seem to be adhering to the new system."

23 comments:

Tressillian James said...

This is going to sound terrible - and I don't want to take any credit away from Millie - but the project is a disappointment and maybe it's because it was given to junior school pupils. Instead of being taken seriously as an urban regeneration. I admit it looks much better than it was for now, but not all public projects have to be the 'Blue Peter' school of community involvement.

However - as I said before congrats to Millie - and thanks to her for her idea.

Do dah said...

I feel the same way, this explain a lot. I hope as a 'designer' young Millie received some financial renumeration for her work.

Anonymous said...

maybe it would help if the bins actually *looked* like parcels - from the pictures its difficult to see that they do

Monkeyboy said...

Why not just steal her sweets and pull her pig tails?

LUL have employed a team of 12 year olds to take over the station refurbishment projects from Metronet. I report to George, he's 13 and keeps pinching me.

lb said...

Just for once I'm going to agree with everyone else. I can see why they might have gone down what TJ calls the 'Blue Peter' route, but if you're going to take the trouble of employing some professional Mongers, why not get them to actually do the design as well?

The blue ones don't look very parcel-like at all.

Tressillian James said...

Notice on the last thread on this theme an anon posted:

"Waste of time and money - not very artistic, the local primary would have done better."

Well it seems not...

The Brockley Telegraph said...

I'm not going to harp on about the skewed left perspective of lewisham council but everyone is right. Not everything is about community involvement. If this was meant for 'regeneration' purposes then it isn't really appropriate to go to the community for a solution becuase guess what? The community will be different in a few years time.(if regeneration does indeed happen) .

This is a stumbling block, not a solution. Not surprised considering the perspective of the council.

The Brockley Telegraph said...

btw, john stained has a summer fayre on this sat. I believe. If you live near the station maybe check it out. Its quite an impressive school really (although they want to sell some of the land for housing development). They get good school ratings.

Anonymous said...

Excellent news re the timed collections, one step at a time is fine by me as long as it's in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

Andy, I'm not clear? are you happy that the council are letting a school be involved with improving their area (however small) therby strengthening their links with the community and all that good stuff? or are you saying that they are shirking their responsibility and should be designing them themselves - I can see a commitee of beancounters making a great job of that? and what does left/right have to do with any of the above? Are you REALLY a school govenor? would you lobby for your school not to get involved? how churlish off you.

The Brockley Telegraph said...

I'm not clear what the purpose of this initiative was. I.e. to promote regeneration or to bring the community together?

Sometimes things do not integrate well. If you compromise (left-ish perspective)then you lack the prospect of significant change in a particular direction. Therefore I would argue for the purpose of regeneration, you need to involve the community less and bring in experts.

However,... if the aim was to intergrate the community at the expense of significant regeneration, then its fine to get the school involved.

Not saying what is better or worse at this stage, but merely you cannot do things like this if you want to promote significant regeneration.

Is that any clearer? (please say yes)

Anonymous said...

Order of Brockley priorities:

#1 - bin design
#2 - planning permission for taxi signs
#3 - food selection at local fete

westsider said...

Anon - what community do you belong to and what forum (real or virtual) do you think does a better job of covering all the key issues than this site?

Anonymous said...

I think the site is a masssive improvement to how it looked before. I'm glad it had the 'Blue Peter' approach. I'm not one of the Brockley whingers who are just concerned with the regeneration of their own area. A few recycling bins do not require urban regeneration.

Some very smug attitudes here.

Anonymous said...

Funny isn't it, this lot would have kicked up a right fuss if the Council spent loads of money on finding a solution to what is a small problem. A simple solution is found to a simple problem and they still moan.

Do dah said...

What's done is done, however, as mentioned there is an issue with the execution, parcels typically have string, the stamps are usually in the right hand corner and they're not blue. I suppose it's how seriously you take aesthetics.


However this is not a major issue as I think everyone acknowledges that it is an improvement from what was there before.

It's just people talking online and I think it does warrant some discussion, because it could be part of a wider trend in Brockley, whereby improvements are promised but don't fully deliver (Tea Factory; gallery and appearance).

Anonymous said...

Or not!

tyrwhitt michael said...

I think the patchwork brickwork shows how..........

Doh!!....... groundhog day.

Have a nice weekend blogers.

Will be in the Talbot later, if you are staggering home from the barbeque and want to buy me a drink.....

Anonymous said...

'parcels typically have string'

When was the last time you sent a parcel with string on it? I would guess that you used tape like everyone else.

b. said...

Am i blind or have they completely removed any possibility of textile recycling - something we used quite often? is this an issue for anyone else?

Anonymous said...

I think you are blind, I saw two very large textile recycling banks at the junction of Harefield and Brockley Road on Saturday morning.

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Anonymous said...

Yes. Very good. You can write (well, sort of)

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