On Sunday 22nd September Lewisham’s Recycling Team took their recycling trailer to the SELCHP Energy from Waste Plant’s Open Day in New Cross. The team were there promoting the Recycling Service and spoke to over 120 people from all over London.
SELCHP is the destination for all of the refuse that is put into Lewisham’s black wheelie bins and 17 of our trucks visit there up to 3 times every day. It doesn’t just serve Lewisham, it is actually used by other local authorities and businesses from all over the South East and it can burn in excess of 420,000 tonnes of refuse every year. SELCHP has helped Lewisham have one of the lowest landfill rates in the country.
SELCHP stands for South East London Combined Heat and Power and it is more than just an incinerator. The heat produced in the process is used to create steam, which in turn creates electricity and powers approximately 48,000 homes every year.
Watch this short video about SELCHP
Now as great is it sounds, incineration isn’t perfect. When we incinerate things we lose them for ever (apart from some metals) and that means that we will never have that particular resource any more. Think of all of the paper, cardboard and plastic that has quite literally gone up in smoke!
So this is where the Recycling Team come in… If we can divert good quality recyclables away from the black bin and into the green one we will not only be doing our bit for the planet’s natural resources, but we will also be saving Lewisham Council a lot of money. Lewisham has to pay a fee for every tonne of waste that is deposited there, but we get to dispose of our recyclables for free at the Bywaters MRF in Bow.
So remember – only use your black bin for refuse and make sure to use your green bin for all of your good quality recyclables.