Nineteen businesses have signed up to a clean streets campaign which will see their rubbish collected daily.
A partnership between the Herne Hill Forum, local businesses and Quantum Waste has led to the launch of the new Waste Collective, to prevent unsightly business waste being left piled in the street.
Harry Niazi, owner of Olley’s Fish Experience restaurant, Herne Hill, said it has been “easy and cost effective” to implement.
“I rarely see any of my rubbish in my street now. The collectors come like clockwork after the end of the shift, right to the back of the restaurant so it doesn’t go out on the road,” he said.
“Being a food business we’re really conscious of being sustainable and recycling everything we can.”
Quantum Waste, a south London enterprise, can collect from 40 businesses on each trip and are able to recycle or compost 90 per cent of the rubbish.
Food is composted or transformed into biogas and fertiliser is produced too.
Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, said: “It is great to see Herne Hill leading the way on a sustainable approach to commercial waste.”
Waste Collective has the full backing of both Lambeth and Southwark Councils.
For more information on the scheme, please visit: www.hernehill.org.uk/news/herne-hill-waste-collective-clearing-way.