Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham

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Digital Switched Over

On Wednesday 13th June Lewisham Council’s Recycling Team in partnership with The Lewisham Pensioners Forum organised and collected obsolete TVs from elderly residents in the Borough.

The collection was set up because the LP Forum identified the aftermath of the Digital Switch Over as being a real concern for some of their members. The collection was offered to any forum member who was unable to dispose of an obsolete TV themselves, whether due to mobility issues or because they had no one else in their lives who was able to help them.

Setting off bright and early in a Lewisham Transit Van the Recycling Team visited 26 different locations from all over the Borough before taking their bounty to The Reuse and Recycling Centre at Landmann Way in New Cross. The collections took all day, but luckily the roads were clear and everybody had their TVs removed on time (pretty much!) The final haul consisted of:

  • 46 TVs
  • 30 Household Batteries
  • 16 Remote Controls
  • 3 TV Stands
  • 2 VHS Players
  • 1 DVD Player
  • 1 CD Player

All electrical waste (WEEE) is removed from The Reuse and Recycling Centre by REPIC. They are the largest WEEE producer compliance scheme in the UK, and they ensure that all of the electrical items that are taken to Landmann Way are responsibly recycled.

If you would like further details on TV recycling and the Digital Switch Over please click here.

Please click here to go the Lewisham Pensioners Forum website.

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Battery recycling is here

In the lead up to Christmas we’ll either be getting the latest gadgets (3D glasses anyone?) or throwing away the ones that don’t quite cut it anymore (think 3D glasses in 5 years time!). So what to do with all of the surplus toys and batteries? … well if the toy’s are still in good order they should go to your local charity shop – someone may appreciate a toy even if you or your children have fallen out of love with it. If the toys are beyond repair they can be taken to our reuse and recycle centre at Landmann Way.

But what about all of the batteries? Be it from toys or just the remote control because it’s been warn out by the Christmas tv schedule. The answer is here …

Lewisham has just added batteries to it’s kerbside recycling! If you have a wheelie bin you should have already received a clear plastic battery recycling bag, these are really easy to use:

All batteries except car or industrial batteries can be recycled. Once your battery recycling bag has been filled and sealed, you can leave it on top of your green recycling bin on your normal collection day. The batteries will then be collected and recycled and the recycling crews will leave a new bag underneath the lid of your recycling bin.

If you haven’t already got a bag, you can get one sent to you by calling 02083147171 or by emailing

For residents who live in estates and only have access to bulk recycling bins you can take your batteries along to all local libraries and schools who have battery recycling points.

Councillor Susan Wise, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, said: “In Lewisham we’ve been encouraging battery recycling since 2009 and have recycling bins in all our libraries and at other points around the borough”.

“I think the new kerbside battery recycling scheme is great. In the UK we recycle less than 3 per cent of portable batteries, whereas other European countries recover over 50 per cent”

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The council should start collecting more stuff!!

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Currently the council collect a number of materials from the kerbside and estates, these materials are: paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, tins, cans and plastic bottles. The council also provide a garden waste collection service which costs £10 for 10 green sacks.

The council is currently in negotiations with the company that process recyclables in the borough to add mixed plastics and tetra-paks (juice cartons) to this list. In the mean time tetra-paks can be recycled at:

Sainsbury’s New Cross Gate
Sainsburys Forest Hill
Laurence House car park in Catford
Grove Park Bus Garage Baring Road
Tesco Lewisham

If you want to recycle your mixed plastics you can take them to Sainsbury’s New Cross Gate and Sainsburys Sava Centre, Southend Lane. These sites will also accept batteries and energy saving lightbulbs (picture below)

Lewisham council also provide a free collection service for mattresses and the Reuse and Recycle Centre can be used for free to get rid of items of household waste.

Batteries can be recycled in all primary schools and libraries throughout the borough and the council are about to launch battery recycling from your doorstep!

Why not have a look at their website to see what else can be recycled at lewisham councils website