Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


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WEEE Man lords it up at Mayors show in London

The weather wasn’t exactly kind to everyone that participated in this years Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London. The London Borough of Lewisham, or should I say WEEE Man was invited to be a part of the walking ‘float’ that represented recycling in London.

WEEE Man among friends before the parade through the City of London.

WEEE Man among friends before the parade through the City of London.

The rain held off right up to the point when the whole thing was about to start and then on cue, down it came. This didn’t deter the hardy participants though, they were made of much tougher stuff. In fact some were made out of wheelie bins, others made of plastic bags and our very own WEEE Man was made of circuit boards and other electronic paraphernalia. Nonetheless, everyone marched the 4 mile route within the City of London and took in all the high fives and cheering support from those that lined the streets.

WEEE Man meets giant robot made out of wheelie bins.

WEEE Man meets giant robot made out of wheelie bins.

Yes, despite the meteorological mishaps, the crowds turned out in their thousands to witness all manner of floats, vehicles and processions of people representing the military or coming dressed as something from the film industry or even drumming bin men. We were float number 59 and I don’t think this was anywhere near the middle of the parade.

Making friends with Cyber Men.

Making friends with Cyber Men.

WEEE Man of course used the occasion to mingle with some very familiar figures. Before the parade started, he was seen having a chat with some Stormtroopers, then grabbing a quick word with some Ghostbusters before talking to a couple of Cyber Men. I think a couple of Dr Who’s were also spotted around those streets on the day.

Help me Obi Wan Kenobi!

Help me Obi Wan Kenobi!

Overall, the giant iron, big battery, enormous energy efficient light bulb, WEEE Man, drumming bin men, giant plastic bottle, big walking TV and the huge wheelie bin robot all gave a good account of themselves which I hope served to raise the profile of recycling and reuse in London and across the country – the BBC did broadcast it to the nation. A fun day out despite the rain.


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Low Energy Light Bulb Recycling

We’re working in partnership with the Community Battery Recycling Alliance or (CoBRA) to get as many light bulb recycling points throughout the borough as possible. The scheme relies on volunteers to find suitable venues (such as community halls) in their locality, they then sign up to the CoBRA scheme and get all of the appropriate information and equipment sent to them.

Help us to recycle your old energy saving lightbulbs

Currently our Council officers are  acting as a volunteers for Lewisham and Catford libraries, where you’ll be able to find the “bulbstore mini’s” in the entrances areas. You can also find bigger banks at Sainsburys in Sydenham and New Cross.

So why should I recycle low energy light bulbs?

Energy efficient bulbs save energy, carbon and money but it is essential that people recycle them when they reach the end of their life. This initiative will enable people to take responsibility for light bulb recycling in their community and make the facilities much more widely available for householders to do so.

MORE BULB BANK VENUES NEEDED!

Why can’t the council provide this as a doorstep collection service?
Collecting light bulbs from the kerbside is tricky and can lead to a lot of damaged bulbs, as well as the issues associated with storing them on a refuse or recycling truck without them being damaged. In addition to this the council does not currently have sufficient resources to collect from multiple points around the borough on request. Utilising a network of volunteers has proved successful in other parts of the country and we believe that it can work here to.

What would being a volunteer involve?

  • Finding a suitable point for your “bulbstore mini” – this should be a place with a large amount of visitors such as a local shop, community centre or church (be sure to get the owners permission).
  • Visit the CoBRA website, watch the video, sign up and wait for all of the equipment and information to be sent to you in the post.
  • All you need to do then is put the “bulbstore mini” in its location, once its full you will need to take it to your nearest bulking point (in Lewisham this will probably be Wearside Road) and drop it off.

Where can I find my nearest recycling point?
Your nearest recycling point and bulking up point can be found online at the Recolight website or on Lewisham’s recycling map.


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Recycle Week – Lightbulb Recycling

This week we’re also promoting a brand new initiative in the borough, this involves the recycling of low energy light bulbs.

We’re working in partnership with the Community Battery Recycling Alliance or (CoBRA) to get as many light bulb recycling points throughout the borough as possible. The scheme relies on volunteers to find suitable venues (such as community halls) in their locality, they then sign up to the CoBRA scheme and get all of the appropriate information and equipment sent to them.

To kick-start the initiative one of our officers has acted as a volunteer for Lewisham and Catford libraries, where you’ll be able to find the “bulbstore mini’s” in the entrances areas. You can also find bigger banks at Sainsburys in Sydenham and New Cross.

As a bit of sweetner we’ll also be giving away a limited number of free energy saving lightbulbs at Lewisham and Catford Libraries when you bring in your old ones … get in early to avoid dissapointment!

So why should I recycle low energy light bulbs?
Energy efficient bulbs save energy, carbon and money but it is essential that people recycle them when they reach the end of their life. This initiative will enable people to take responsibility for light bulb recycling in their community and make the facilities much more widely available for householders to do so.

Why can’t the council provide this as a doorstep collection service?
Collecting light bulbs from the kerbside is tricky and can lead to a lot of damaged bulbs, as well as the issues associated with storing them on a refuse or recycling truck without them being damaged. In addition to this the council does not currently have sufficient resources to collect from multiple points around the borough on request. Utilising a network of volunteers has proved succesful in other parts of the country and we believe that it can work here to.

What would being a volunteer involve?

  • Finding a suitable point for your “bulbstore mini” – this should be a place with a large amount of visitors such as a local shop, community centre or church (be sure to get the owners permission).
  • Visit the CoBRA website, watch the video, sign up and wait for all of the equipment and information to be sent to you in the post.
  • All you need to do then is put the “bulbstore mini” in its location, once its full you will need to take it to your nearest bulking point (in Lewisham this will probably be Wearside Road) and drop it off.

Where can I find my nearest recycling point?
Your nearest recycling point and bulking up point can be found online at the Recolight website or on Lewisham’s recycling map.


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Recycle Week

20th – 24th June  is Recycle Week 2011, we’ll be running a series of blogs highlighting a couple of initiatives that we will be launching during the week. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the borough wide textiles collection and lightbulb recycling points.

We’ve also launched a competition to find a team of recycling superheros, if your child attends a school in Lewisham and is in year 5 they should have received a leaflet in their book bag! – if not leave a comment here or drop an email to joe.kingston@lewisham.gov.uk