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Great Nappy Change Event This Saturday!!

Come and be part of an attempt to join the Guinness Book of Records for the most babies being changed simultaneously. This international event will take place simultaneously all over the world but where better to take part than the Museum of Childhood?!

Come along and celebrate real nappies!

image: Great Nappy Change event poster

Nibbles, entertaining and interesting stalls will be provided, you just need to bring your baby, real nappies and a changing matt.

Please register only one adult per baby — other accompanying adults can attend but only as public, so do not need to book a place separately.  The change needs to happen at 11 am. (Registration says North London but Lewisham is taking part too!)

After the Great Nappy Change a small Real Nappy Fashion Show will take place, if you would like your child to take part please make sure that you specify when registering. There will also be live music, dancing and games, plus a prize draw.


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Great Nappy Change Event — Saturday April 20th 2013

Come and be part of an attempt to join the Guinness Book of records for the most babies being changed simultaneously. This international event will take place simultaneously all over the world but surely there is nowhere better than the Museum of Childhood to be part of it. Plus it will be a great chance to socialise and celebrate that real nappies rock!

Nibbles, entertaining and interesting stalls will be provided, you just need to bring your baby, real nappies and a changing matt.

Please register only one adult per baby — other accompanying adults can attend but only as public, so do not need to book a place separately.  The change needs to happen at 11 am. (Registration says North London but Lewisham is taking part too!)

After the Great Nappy Change a small Real Nappy Fashion Show will take place, if you would like for your kid to take part please make sure that you specify it when registering. The Museum will have life music, dancing and games to celebrate St George’s Day, so it can be the perfect family day out.

There will also be a prize draw on the day amongst everyone taking part!


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Design a poster for Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade fortnight runs from the 25th February to 10th March and we are running a Fair Trade fortnight poster/collage competition for Primary Schools in Lewisham.

Get those creative juices flowing with ideas for a poster or collage.

Get those creative juices flowing with ideas for a poster or collage.

We would like children to think about what that means to them and to design a poster showing a link or links between their life and the life of a child in another country.  Then send it to us here!

Beth Sowden, ECD , Wearside Service Centre, Wearside Road, London, SE13 7EZ .

They can refer to possessions, climate, environment and show things that they have in common. The winning design will be made into a panel/banner on the side of one of our recycling vehicles!  This will all happen for World Fairtrade Day on May 11th 2013. One more thing to bear in mind, as the design will be going on the side of our collection vehicles, if possible, try to make your poster design or collage in landscape format so that it will look much better.

For details on what the previous winner did, please click on the following link where you will see the winner Esosa and his poster design. http://ow.ly/ij3UM 

We will need the names of children who are submitting an entry, their ages and the name of the school they attend.

Here’s a link to a website that I hope will inspire http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

The closing date for Friday the 15th of March.

Good luck  to all,


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Nappy Natters 2013

Come along to Lewisham’s new nappy events in 2013 to find out how using real nappies could save you money and help the environment.

image: photograph of a baby in a real nappy

You can also get a free £20 voucher at the events, to go towards the cost of buying some real nappies.

The next nappy events are:

Nappy Natter:

  • Friday 30th of August, between 10am and 12 noon at Manor House Library,  34 Old Road, Lee, SE13 5SY in the Baring Room.
  • And Saturday the 21st of September 2-4pm at Manor House Library,  34 Old Road, Lee, SE13 5SY in the Baring Room.

So why not get involved with the real nappy revolution! By the time a baby is potty trained they could have worn 4000 – 6000 nappies. Using real, washable nappies rather than disposables can save hundreds of pounds and reduce the amount of rubbish going into your refuse bin.

8 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK, on top of this the Real Nappy Association has calculated that savings from using Real Nappies for a first child alone can amount to £600.

You’ll be able to find out more at any of these events and if you’re a Lewisham resident, you can claim a free £20 voucher towards the cost of ‘Real’ cloth nappies. (Baby needs to be 18-months old or younger. Proof of pregnancy/ baby’s birth certificate needed, along with proof of address.)

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided at all events!


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It might not be a white Christmas, but it can certainly be a green one.

Christmas trees are appearing in people’s front rooms, temperatures are plummeting and Slade were heard on the radio the other day singing that famous yuletide song (you know the one). Yes, it’s Christmas and once again we are putting together a few useful hints and tips on how you can make your Christmas a little greener and a little more environmentally friendly.

  1. Where possible try to shop locally. If you are shopping for food then Lewisham does have some great markets for fruit and veg, the following link has more details http://goo.gl/LNJ9S Supporting your local shops will also keep your community thriving and put something back into the local economy.
  1. The purchasing of a Christmas tree can leave people wondering what their best options are. Artificial trees may last for years but aren’t recyclable and require manufacturing and use man made materials. Real trees are carbon neutral and can be chipped and composted afterwards so are much better for the environment. Some organisations such as www.caringchristmastrees.com and www.christmasforest.co.uk are involved in supporting good causes and may deliver direct. Recycling points for Christmas trees can be found here http://ow.ly/7SVVc
  1. Once you’ve made the decision about your tree, the next thing you might want to think about is decorating it. If you are using fairy light lights, why not consider low energy LED lights? What about using mistletoe, holly with their different coloured berries. Be more creative and consider making your own decorations.

Xmas 2012

  1. When buying presents, again think about shopping locally if you can. Are the presents that you’re buying good for the environment. Could you buy a wind up radio or wind up mp3 player or similar and can you wrap these in recycled wrapping paper?
  1. Christmas cards can all be recycled, some schools may even take them for a school art projects and they can raise money for some charities if dropped off at the right collections boxes.
  1. Food and drink also plays a large part in the Christmas festivities. This of course generates huge amounts of waste, particularly with paper, cardboard, glass bottles, jars and plastic bottles. Please use your recycling bin to collect all these materials. And don’t forget, we can now also collect mixed plastics, beverage cartons (Tetra Paks), textiles, aerosols and shredded paper. Where food is concerned, don’t forget to check out www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for lots of interesting ideas on using leftovers and don’t forget to compost all these peelings as well. And don’t forget that collection times will also change over Christmas, below is all the information you need to ensure you don’t miss your collection.
Normal collection day Revised collection day
Monday 24 December Normal day
Tuesday 25 December Thursday 27th December
Wednesday 26 December One or two days later
Thursday 27 December One or two days later
Friday 28 December Normal day or one day later
Monday 31 December Normal day
Tuesday 1 January Wednesday 2nd January
Wednesday 2 January Normal day or one day later
Thursday 3 January Normal day or one day later
Friday 4 January Normal day or one day later
  1. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Christmas is a time when people receive new electrical appliances and gadgets. If you have an old appliance that still works, why not give it to a charity shop. If the item is broken, why not use one of our WEEE banks to dispose of it or take it to our Reuse and Recycle Centre. See the following link for the locations of our WEEE banks and don’t forget to recycle your old batteries https://recycleforlewisham.com/2011/02/11/small-appliance-banks/
  1. If you’re not fully committed to the 3 R’s of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, why not make 2013 the time to start. Your recycling will even generate an income for the Council. And finally, don’t forgot contamination is a major issue for us, make your 2013 a contamination free year when using your recycling bin. Say no to food waste, garden waste and put those black sacks in the refuse bin.

The recycling team at Lewisham Council would also like to say a big thank you to everyone in the borough for supporting all the recycling and environmental services in 2012 and look forward to their support in 2013


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Last Nappy Events of 2012

Come along to Lewisham’s final nappy events of 2012 to find out how using real nappies could save you money and help the environment by reducing the amount of rubbish going into your bin.

image: photograph of a baby in a real nappy

You can also get a free voucher at the events, to go towards the cost of buying some real nappies.

The November events are:

  • Saturday 17th of November between 2pm and 4pm at Wearside Service  Centre, Wearside Road, London SE13 7EZ
  • Friday 30th of November between 10am and 12 noon at Manor House Library, The Baring Room, 34 Old Road, Lee, SE13 5SY

So why not get involved with the real nappy revolution! By the time a baby is potty trained they could have worn 4000 – 6000 nappies. Using real, washable nappies rather than disposables can save hundreds of pounds and reduce the amount of rubbish going into your refuse bin.

8 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK, on top of this the Real Nappy Association has calculated that savings from using Real Nappies for a first child alone can amount to £600.

Save up to £600 by using real nappies.

You’ll be able to find out more at either of these events and if you’re a Lewisham resident, you can claim a free £25 voucher towards the cost of ‘Real’ cloth nappies. (Baby needs to be 18-months old or younger. Proof of pregnancy/ baby’s birth certificate needed, along with proof of address.)

Tea, coffee and biscuits provided at both events!


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Be a Recycling Superhero!!

Recycling Superheroes – Inspirational examples from our younger generation!

Recycling Super Heroes have previously been found in local schools.  More  are needed!!

Children wanting to become Super Heroes, from year 5, are asked to tell us in no more than 100 words why they should be made one!

There will be prizes for the most inspiring!

Examples of last years winners:

’I recycle, reuse and reduce every day. I recycle when me and my family fill up our recycling bag and empty it out in a recycling bin.  I reuse by mending old clothes or sending them to charity. I reduce when I turn things off that aren’t being used.  I also have a job in school to turn things off. I even wrote an Eco-code for my school to remember.  If I was a Recycling Superhero I would promote walking, cycling, and recycling to people around me, like sending leaflets to my neighbours.

Thank you for reading. From Fadekemi Adeleye’

‘My name is Mya Musundi and I’m sure I’d make the best Recycling Superhero. I am the complete eco warrior. I love recycling, I make my own dolls houses out of recycled materials and help my Mum sort what goes in recycling. Me and my Mum also make natural slug repelents for the plants, out of recycled materials, egg shells. If I was a recycling super I would organise an event where everybody can come and make new things out of recycled materials.

That’s why I should be a recycling hero.

Please send your ‘Heroic’ story to  beth.sowden@lewisham.gov.uk to let us know about something you’ve already done, by Friday 15th of February!!!

We look forward to hearing from you!