Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of 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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100% FREE collection and recycling of your school’s waste electric and electronic equipment

What’s the catch?  There is none.  Simply collect a minimum of 12 computer base units and we will take away all your WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) waste FREE OF CHARGE.

Electrical waste is NOT restricted to I.T equipment and covers anything electrical or electronic,  plus there is no minimum specification for the base units. This service is being managed by SWEEEP Kuusakoski, in partnership with Lewisham Council and provides education facilities with an all-round financially and environmentally efficient service.

This is a great opportunity for schools to dispose of their old IT and electronic equipment using this free service.

This is a great opportunity for schools to dispose of their old IT and electronic equipment using this free service.

Simple steps to book your collection:

Call Amanda on 01795 434125 or email amandahamley@sweeep.co.uk. Collections will be made within 48 hrs of your call or on a preferred date, along with full waste transfer notes and certificates of destruction.

All waste is responsibly recycled at our processing centre in Sittingbourne and we are the only waste processing centre in the world to have Nulife technology that separates lead and glass used in the older style TV and monitor screens, so you can be assured that 97.39%  of your waste is recycled, by 100% renewable energy, with the small portion of waste left going to ‘waste to energy’ production.  Click here to view the BBC video demonstrating our recycling best practise.

What your colleagues are saying:

‘Great service, well organised and friendly staff!’ – Lesley Osbourne – Bradfields School

‘I couldn’t believe it was free. It was fantastic. I am already collecting some electrical appliances to recycle. This kind of service is a great help for the schools, the community  and the environment as it promotes the recycling culture and safe disposal of non-wanted electrical appliances’. Wilfredo Chillitupa Z – Wainscott Primary School

Amanda Hamley

amandahamley@sweeep.co.uk

 Tel: +44 (0)1795 434125

after 5 years of good service the SWEEEP website gets a refresh:  www.sweeep.co.uk


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WEEE Man v Recycler the robot

Its been a electrifying week over the last two weeks in Lewisham schools as the electronic giants of the recycling world fight it out for their cause.

The fortnight began with Lewisham’s very own, award nominated WEEE Man (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) who visited five schools to raise awareness of WEEE waste. It is estimated that on average in the UK, each person buys 2.8 new electrical items a year which has led to electrical goods becoming the fastest growing waste stream, increasing by around 5% each year. Faced with this challenge, Lewisham’s Environmental & Community Development (ECD) team came up with the idea for WEEE man- a recycling superhero created by using recycled pieces or electrical equipment targeted at primary aged children.

WEEE Man and Cllr Susan Wise help out at the collection at St Augustines Catholic Primary School with children (left to right) Tawana, Sarujan, Taylor, Jada and Joan.

Following the visits, the ECD team set up temporary collection points outside Tidemill Academy, John Stainer Community Primary, Adamsrill Primary, Coopers Lane and St Augustines Schools. Children, teachers, parents and residents from surrounding roads were invited to bring along their WEEE waste along and we managed to collect a large miscellaneous items including : toasters, laptops, stereos, mp3 players, lamps, mobile phones, food mixers, games consoles, irons and electric toothbrushes. Cllr Susan Wise, Cabinet member for Customer Services lent her support to WEEE Week by attending the collection at St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School.

The second superhero visiting schools was Recycler the rapping robot- a creation thought up by Waste Watch and brought in to visit schools who signed up to this years Clean & Green programme. Recycler who talked, sung and danced during a 45 minute session highlighted the meaning and importance of the three ‘R’’s- Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and explained the resource lifecycles of everyday objects.

From left to right are: Mark Butler, Joana Rocha Santos, Giorgia Nair, Hilman Hazizi, Felix Biddle kneeling in the front with Recycler the robot at the centre.

Shirley- Recyclers Roboteer, encourages the children to look at ways they can help to reduce their waste, giving practical examples such as taking old carrier bags to shops instead of picking up new ones and buying cereal in large boxes instead of small multipacks which have a lot more packaging. The children are then encouraged to take the message home and spread the word amongst their parents and carers.

For further information on where waste electrical can be recycled please visit our website at

http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/wasterecycle/dispose-of/Pages/Small-electricals-mobile-phones.aspx.

We will be doing a full review of  WEEE Man’s school visits and be giving  more details on how all the collections went.


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Small appliance banks

Have you ever had something like a kettle, toaster or hairdryer that doesn’t work anymore and you’re unsure what to do with it?

The answer is here – from next Tuesday (15th February) 6 brand new small appliance banks will land in various locations across Lewisham, this is starting off as a trial, but subject to demand will be extended to cover more locations throughout the borough.

The banks will help Lewisham divert more of its waste to be recycled as well as providing a convenient service for residents, at no cost to the council. The electricals will be taken to SWEEEP to be recycled – see our previous posting for more details about the process.

You can place anything electrical from sandwich toasters and old DIY equipment to telephones, stereos and DVD players in the banks which are located at:

  • Sydenham Hill, Sydenham, SE26 6SL
  • Sainsbury’s car park (Pearcefield Avenue, Forest Hill) SE23 3EU
  • Catford Bus Garage (Bromley Road) SE6 2PF
  • Grove Park Bus Garage (Baring Road) SE12 0DU
  • Junction of Sydenham Road and Porthcawe Road, SE26 5SF
  • Junction of Leyland Road an Eltham Road, SE12 8DU

See the map below to find your nearest bank … Photo’s to follow on Tuesday!

The banks can be found mainly in the south of the borough as residents in the North have easier access to our Reuse and Recycling Centre at Landmann Way in New Cross – where these items can also be taken.