Recycle for Lewisham

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Say goodbye to the small appliance banks

Small appliance banks or WEEE banks as they’re known, have been in parts of the borough since February 2011. There are only 6 of them and they were deliberately placed in the southern parts of Lewisham to serve those residents who were furthest away from our Reuse and Recycling Centre.

The odd break-in into the banks has occurred over the years, but on the whole they have been popular and well used. The aim of the banks was to collect small appliances such as kettles, toasters, hairdryers, radios, DVD players, old phones and other small electronic items that had reached the end of their life and were ready to be recycled.

The banks will be going around August 12th

The banks will be removed from August 12th, 2015

Now 6 years later, we have to say goodbye to the banks as DHL, the company that own and manage the banks do not have the funding to keep and service them any more. DHL have told us that the banks will be removed around the 12th August 2015.

If you still have a broken toaster, radio, or similar item that is stuck in your cupboard, shed or garage, then please take the opportunity to drop them into one of the small appliance banks if you live near one.

The banks can currently be found at the following locations:

  • Turnham Road (opposite the shops)
  • Baring Road Bus Garden (Grove Park)
  • Catford Bus Garage (Bromley Road)
  • Sydenham Road/Porthcawe Road junction (Sydenham)
  • Sydenham Hill
  • Lee Gate Shopping Centre

For those people that are upgrading or replacing old appliances, please ask the retailer if they will accept your old appliance when you purchase the new one. Shops like Argos are doing a trade in scheme for old WEEE items, full details here: http://www.letsrecycle.com/news/latest-news/argos-launches-weee-trade-in-scheme/

Our Reuse and Recycling centre will always be available for WEEE and many other items that you wish to dispose of, full details can be found here: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/wasterecycle/Pages/landmann-way.aspx


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WEEE Man goes forth to Tandridge District Council

Some people have contacted the recycling team asking where WEEE Man has been just lately as they haven’t heard about any of his exploits? Well, when he’s not helping Lewisham Council with their Clean and Green programme in schools, teaching children about the importance of recycling electronic equipment or going off to the Lords Mayor’s Show like he did last year   http://goo.gl/Qh7G0v he’s helping other local authorities.

WEEE Man goes forth to Tandridge District Council

WEEE Man goes forth to Tandridge District Council

Only this week for example, Tandridge District Council were in need of his services as they were promoting the recycling of electronic waste and textiles. This is more of a mini secondment for our electronic Superhero and we’re more than happy to see the good work he’s doing for Lewisham being spread to borough’s elsewhere to promote the positive recycling message.

Tandridge Council are aided by Lewisham's very own WEEE Man

Tandridge Council are aided by Lewisham’s very own WEEE Man

Christmas isn’t too far away at the moment and is a time when people buy new gadgets, electronic toys, kitchen appliances, radios, TV’s etc. to replace old or faulty items in the house. All we ask is that rather than throw away those old items, why not recycle them using one of our small appliance banks  http://goo.gl/s51s15 or take them to our Reuse and Recycling Centre http://goo.gl/c3FO6b along with any other items that shouldn’t be placed in the refuse and recycling bins.

Everyone needs to recycle textiles and electronics

Everyone needs to recycle textiles and electronics

If the item that you no longer want is still in good working order, why not contact organisations like the British Heart Foundation http://goo.gl/EqB0xf who might take it off your hands and find a new home for it through one of their shops? We’re just pleased to see WEEE Man keeping up the good work and going to wherever his services are required.

 


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Forget Turtle Doves and Leaping Lords – here’s our 12 tips of Christmas……

After three, 1, 2, 3

On the first day of Christmas my true love……..

OK, there’s no need to break into song, but as an alternative to this festive ditty, the Recycle for Lewisham team have done away with swimming swans and piping pipers and are offering our very own 12 tips of Christmas.  These are just a few things that you as a Lewisham resident can do to make your yuletide that bit greener and better for the environment.  So let’s get started…

1. Make sure you have access to a recycling bin over Christmas so that you’re able to recycle all your cans, paper, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, mixed plastics and beverage cartons. You can order a new recycling bin by clicking on the following link: http://goo.gl/UFGktq

Please make good use of your recycling bins during the Christmas period.

Please make good use of your recycling bins during the Christmas period.

2. Transform your Christmas leftovers with these inventive roast turkey sandwich ideas.

Loving food and hating waste. Make good use of that turkey.

Loving food and hating waste. Make good use of that turkey.

Turkey, Cream Cheese and Bacon Sandwich – Smoky bacon and chive cream cheese make this a perfect Boxing Day breakfast or if you are feeling a little healthier, how about making a Turkey, Watercress and Apple Sandwich – Thinly sliced apples lend a crisp sweetness to this tasty treat.

3. Once the presents have been opened, turkey eaten and the Christmas tree is looking a bit bare, remember it can have a new lease of life by taking it to one of 12 Christmas tree drop off points at local parks around the borough where it will be turned into mulch: http://goo.gl/wFk3LE

Please make use of the collection points to recycle your Christmas tree.

Please make use of the collection points to recycle your Christmas tree.

4. Why buy all that expensive wrapping paper when newspaper and magazines will do just the same? Why not add some string and ribbons and a home-made tag as well and be more creative this Christmas.

These are wrapped in newspaper with the addition of some ribbon and nice tags - simple.

These are wrapped in newspaper with the addition of some ribbon and nice tags – simple.

5. Has someone just given you a beautifully wrapped present, with lovely paper and ribbons? Unwrap it carefully and save the paper and decorations to use later!

Wrapping paper and ribbon can be used again.

Wrapping paper and ribbon can be used again.

6. Do you need to make space for all of the new DVDs, CDs and books that you will be receiving this Christmas? Why not donate your old ones to your local charity shop, or if they are a classic titles you can make a bit of cash by selling them at car boot sales or online using sites such as Amazon and Play.com

Sell or giveaway old books and CD's that you no longer want.

Sell or giveaway old books and CD’s that you no longer want.

7. Did you get a Christmas jumper or item of clothing that you can’t see yourself wearing? Not to worry, these can be reused through a charity shop or deposited at one of the many textile banks across the borough:  See locations here:  http://goo.gl/i38qmY

Our textiles banks will take all manner of clean clothes.

Our textile banks will take all manner of clean clothes.

8. Tired of trying to eat up all those left over roasted vegetables after Christmas? Turn it into a delicious soup and freeze it for later – see the link below but remember, you can use all sorts of roasted veg for this! http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipes/roasted-sweet-potato-soup-paprika

Use up all those vegetables by making some lovely soup.

Use up all those vegetables by making some lovely soup.

9. Plan on having cheese platters out at your Christmas parties? Always place out less than what you think is needed and keep the rest in the fridge – you can always top up the plate if needed later. If you’ve got too much left over, you can even freeze cheese either as a whole block or grated… it’s up to you!

Don't eat all your cheese in one go. Store it and use it later.

Don’t eat all your cheese in one go. Store it and use it later.

10. Christmas is the perfect time for getting that compost bin. With all the food preparation that will happening, you’ll need somewhere to deposit all those peelings from the fruit and vegetables.  It could be the start of your New Years resolution to start being greener. The compost bins are free as well: http://goo.gl/ub4Wc6

Mr Compost says 'Come along and learn how to make some good quality compost for your garden.'

Mr Compost says ‘Why not get a compost bin this Christmas and new year and start composting.’

11. Some Christmas cards are too nice to throw away, so why don’t you turn them into gift tags to use the following Christmas. It takes just minutes to do, and with a bit of care they can come out looking every bit as nice as ones you can buy in the shops.

Get those scissors out and start chopping up those cards - in the New Year of course.

Get those scissors out and start chopping up those cards – in the New Year of course.

12. Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic gifts, and consider giving a battery charger as well. Rechargeable batteries reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials thrown away, and can save money in the long run. Broken small appliances can be taken to one of our WEEE banks  http://goo.gl/73tm3k  or our Reuse and Recycling Centre:  http://goo.gl/n6NbrO

Batteries can be recycled in libraries and supermarkets across the borough.

Batteries can be recycled in libraries and supermarkets across the borough.


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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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WEEE Week 2013 – Another Successful Year

Monday October 21st saw the start of WEEE Week 2013 and the first school that we visited was Holbeach Primary School in Catford. A typical visit starts with signing in at the school reception, before being shown the hall or gym where the assembly will take place.

Cllr Susan Wise, children from Torridon Junior School (David Eidenas, Charlotte Chambers, Mark Masara & Ayomide Adako) and of course WEEE Man

Cllr Susan Wise, children from Torridon Junior School (David Eidenas, Charlotte Chambers, Mark Masara & Ayomide Adako) and of course WEEE Man

Once the laptop, sound and screen have all been set up and tested, the children start to come in. Once settled, the WEEE presentation begins and there is lots of opportunities for the children to participate by answering questions. Children are told about the recycling of paper, cardboard, bottles, cans and mixed plastics etc before being told about what to do with electronic waste.

They are then shown the short WEEE Man film which they enjoy very much and is the perfect opportunity to build up the tension for the appearance of WEEE Man himself. This takes one of two shouts from the assembled children before WEEE Man emerges from a hidden corner, behind a curtain, a cupboard or side room. With lights on and a menacing brooding walk into the room, WEEE Man can cut a quite scary figure – so much so that younger members of the audience have been known to get a little upset at times.

WEEE Man is a dark silent figure that identifies himself with the likes of The Terminator and serves as a visual reminder for children to bring in redundant electrical items from their homes, i.e. old hairdryers, radios, toasters, heaters, DVD players etc. Children are genuinely fascinated by his appearance and ask lots of questions about him and the recycling of electronic waste in general. Questions like ‘Is he real?’ Answer ‘Yes, of course he is’ and ‘where is he from?’ Answer ‘The future’

WEEE Man watches over as the children drop their unwanted electrical items in the WEEE bin.

WEEE Man watches over as the children drop their unwanted electrical items in the WEEE bin.

We tell the children that he is only able to stay for a short time and after a few minutes he disappears behind the door or curtain where he made his entrance to the cries of ‘bye WEEE Man’ from all the assembled children.

All the children in the school are then given a flyer which they take home to their parents to see if they have any redundant electrical items at home which they can bring along and deposit in the WEEE bins which we had delivered to all the schools before WEEE Week started.

After visiting Holbeach School on Monday morning, we then visited Torridon School on Tuesday where again the children gave WEEE Man a very warm reception (pictured above). Wednesday saw WEEE Man at Athelney Primary School before going to Horniman Primary School where it took several shouts from the children before WEEE Man appeared which added extra tension to the event. Our final school was the Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School where WEEE Man surprised the assembly by coming out of a room at the back of the hall and catching all the children off guard.

We are hoping that all the bins will collect a healthy amount of electronic waste which is a valuable resource. These items shouldn’t be put into the recycling bin as this will be classed as contamination, nor should they go into the refuse bin, as this will be incinerated and the resources lost.

For those people that want to recycle their old electronic items, we have WEEE banks in the borough, please see the following link:  https://recycleforlewisham.com/2011/02/11/small-appliance-banks/ or you can use our Reuse and Recycle Centre: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/wasterecycle/Pages/landmann-way.aspx


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International use for Lewisham Blog Photo

Two weeks ago we were approached by Australian student, Emerson Brophy, about whether he could use one of our photos in order to design a recycling poster. And being the kind hearted people that we are, we readily agreed. But there was one caveat attached and that was that we got to show off the finished design on our blog.

First here is the original picture:

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment piles up before being processed.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment piles up before being processed.

And here is Emerson’s design:

Recycling Poster FINAL SMALL

I think that everyone will agree that he has done a cracking job. Well done Emerson!!


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WEEE Man Returns

At this time of year when the days are getting shorter, the nights draw in early and shadows become longer, the recycling team get together to consider using our special WEEE phone (it’s a regular sized phone by the way) to make the annual phone call.

We pick up the receiver and call WEEE Man and let him know that we need his help for 2013’s WEEE Week.

Returns for 2013's campaign to recycle electronic waste in Lewisham.

Returns for 2013’s campaign to recycle electronic waste in Lewisham.

This year WEEE Week runs from the 21st  – 25th October and as usual, 5 schools have been invited to participate. Those schools are;

  1. Holbeach Primary School
  2. Torridon Junior School
  3. Athelney Primary School
  4. Horniman Primary
  5. Good Shepherd Catholic School

Each school has been given a special collection bin, complete with an image of WEEE Man himself, which they will be using to collect old radios, hoovers, toasters, irons, hairdryers, kettles, games consoles amongst many other broken and redundant electrical appliances and equipment.

The recycling team will go to the school and do a presentation with the children and talk about recycling generally, but focussing more on telling the children about electronic waste and how this can be recycled. They will also get the chance to see the short film starring WEEE Man: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ten5m-K_ySo

After the film has finished, the children will get a chance to meet WEEE Man face to face when he comes into the school assembly so that they can see him up close up.

The Council use this week to highlight the importance of residents recycling as much as possible but with an emphasis on recycling the right things in the proper way. Old electronic equipment can be recycled at a few locations around the borough. The following link has more details: https://recycleforlewisham.com/2011/02/11/small-appliance-banks/

A week after doing the assemblies, we will come and pick up all the electronic waste and take it to SWEEEP in Sittingbourne in Kent for recycling and processing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpsN7K_t6d8