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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


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WEEE Man wins award at Westminster

On Monday 14th November Lewisham Council was recognised by The Green Organisation as this year’s most innovative London Borough for their recycling superhero WEEE Man. The Green Organisation is an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world.

They awarded us GOLD at this year’s Green Apple Awards at the award ceremony that was held at the House of Commons in the River Terrace Pavillion Function Room. Councillor Susan Wise and Lewisham Council officer Dave Brinson (who incidentally bears an uncanny resemblance to WEEE Man) picked up the award on behalf of the Council. They were presented with the award by celebrity dog lovers the K-9 Angels.

The K9 Angel’s with Dave Brinson and Cllr Susan Wise at the House of Commons.

WEEE Man has come back from the future in order to educate Lewisham’s residents and school children about how to dispose of their old electrical items responsibly. He takes his name from the European Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive. And for any of you who aren’t familiar with WEEE Man or if you just fancy watching the UK’s favourite superhero (in our opinion anyway) in action again just press play on the video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ten5m-K_ySo

Dave gives the Green Apple award to WEEE Man for photograph session.

So what’s next for WEEE Man? Well, we are already looking towards next year and working with schools again to raise the profile of  electrical and electronic waste.  We are looking for schools who are willing to take part in collecting electronic waste and hopefully allow a visit by our recycling superhero WEEE Man.

If your local school in Lewisham would like to get involved next year, please contact Paddy Swift via email: paddy.swift@lewisham.gov.uk