This Friday sees the end of another successful week for our resident Superhero WEEE Man. In a whistle stop tour of seven schools in the borough, he popped in to say hello to lots of children at primary schools up and down the borough.
It all started on Monday morning by a visit to Fairlawn School in Forest Hill and then in the afternoon appearing at Grinling Gibbon School in Deptford.
On Tuesday he was seen visiting Myatt Gardens School in Brockley and then it was on to Wednesday where he did two visits. One to Baring School in Grove Park in the morning and then went on to Perrymount School in the afternoon.
On Thursday he suddenly appeared at Beecroft Garden Primary School in Brockley/Crofton Park and for his final visit, he showed up at Lucas Vale School in Deptford.
His visits coincide with presentations to the school assemblies where children learn about the recycling of electronic waste. They’re told about everyday items such as toasters, radios, kettles, irons and hairdryers etc and what they need to do with them once they have stopped working.
It’s not all about electrical items breaking however. The presentation also touches upon newer, emerging technologies which ultimately make existing appliances redundant. This was demonstrated by showing children a large CD player/tape/radio which is more or less being replaced today by an ordinary smart phone.
After the presentation, the children get to see the film we made with WEEE Man before the man himself mysteriously appears in the assembly from a nearby cupboard/curtain or whatever happens to be at hand for him to appear from.
WEEE Man’s appearance and the showing of the film helps to cement the message we are trying to give the children. They also get to take a leaflet home to their parents letting them know where our small appliance banks are and also that we have a Reuse and Recycle Centre for much larger items of WEEE. Information on those can be found here: https://recycleforlewisham.com/2011/02/11/small-appliance-banks/
WEEE Man did also hint that this might be his final year doing the school visits and hoped that all the children will continue to recycle their electronic waste in the future and keep up the good work and message that he has been delivering for the past 3 years.