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Recycling team attend busy Hilly Fields Summer Fayre

Heavy clouds and a sprinkling of rain didn’t deter anyone from enjoying the Hilly Fields Summer Fayre and our stall certainly had a constant flow of visitors. With nearly 250 festival goers coming up to our recycling trailer we had one busy day!

On top of helping residents with recycling questions, we discussed with many people about whether they’d like Lewisham to introduce a new subscription based garden waste collection and even the possibility of food waste services in the future. We were happy to hear lots of positive comments about these ideas.

Nearly 250 people visited our recycling trailer

Nearly 250 people visited our recycling trailer (photo: Mr Kiley)

 

Residents left happy taking away freebies such as tough reusable carrier bags for recycling and handy kitchen items to keep food fresher for longer and were also signing up for free composting workshops that are coming up soon (see below for details). All in all, a great day was had!

To book on to a free composting workshop, please visit

http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/gardenwaste


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Lots of activity for National Recycle Week 2014

Last week the Recycle Team were out and about in the borough promoting National Recycling Week. The theme for this year tied in quite nicely with current footballing matters as it was recycling ‘home and away’.

We are all now familiar with what recycling means and I would imagine most of us have a pretty firm grasp of what recycling is about, particularly when we are at home. But when we are away from home, do we take our recycling habits with us? How many of us are actively recycling in the workplace or recycling when they go on holiday or weekends away? Or recycling when they are on the go between the bus or train and their place of work?

We kicked off Recycle Week with a Monday morning assembly at Elfrida School, Bellingham.  Over 300 children congregated in the school hall to hear all about where our boroughs recycling goes to.  It was a lively session with lots of questions and some gasps which filled the hall when a picture was shown of some of the things found in recycling bins which shouldn’t be in there- this included a dirty nappy, black sacks and food waste!

Children at Elfrida School learnt lots of new things about recycling.

Children at Elfrida School learnt lots of new things about recycling.

Next stop on our Recycle Week tour was a visit to  Lewisham Market, talking to shoppers who were out getting their shopping on a lovely summers day. Over the course of the day we met a lot of residents and gave out information on the Council’s recycling services.  We managed to help some shoppers out by telling them things about the service that they weren’t aware of like our battery recycling collection service and free mattress recycling.

We spoke to over 50 people at Downham Health & Leisure Centre

We spoke to over 50 people at Downham Health & Leisure Centre

On Thursday we were in the south of the borough at the Downham Health and Leisure Centre where we had a pitch near the entrance to the centre. This visit was particularly productive as we spoke to lots of residents, testing their knowledge about recycling services! There was lots of discussion and a lot of positive things to say.  Having said that, we did speak to one parent who was completely unfamiliar with the concept of recycling and wasn’t aware that such a service existed and what it was all about. Having summarised the do’s and don’ts of recycling and explained how easy it was to participate, we did manage to talk him round and get him involved.

A good spot outside the leisure centre helped with talking to people.

A good spot outside the leisure centre helped with talking to people.

Our final outing with our recycling trailer was at the Midsummer Fayre at Hilly Fields Park. The weather was glorious which meant that it was going to be a very busy day and indeed it was. We spoke to over 160 people and covered all manner of topics. The giveaways were also very popular. Lots of people liked our Love Food Hate Waste rice and spaghetti measurers as well as our water pebbles which help to reduce your time in the shower.

A glorious day in the sunshine for the Midsummer Fayre in Hilly Fields Park

A glorious day in the sunshine for the Midsummer Fayre in Hilly Fields Park

It was nice to finish off a busy recycle week in the relaxing but very hectic environs of Hilly Fields Park and it was good to have got the message out to the (nearly) 600 people we met during the course of the week using our recycling trailer but also, hundreds more through social media using our Twitter account @EnviroLewisham.

Thanks to everyone that popped in to see us.


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High jinx on the hill at the Hilly Fields Green Fair

A feast of fun activities took place last Sunday at the first Hilly Fields Green Fair in Hilly Fields Park, Brockley by the stone circle. Visitors had a range of environmentally friendly stalls to visit including a clothes swishing stall, a stall selling solar panels, a mirror making stall and a fruit smoothly making bike. Dodging between the showers, people were also entertained by tunes from local fun musicians playing various instruments including the trombone and saxophone

Colin mans the stall at the Green Fair in Hilly Fields Park.

Colin mans the stall at the Green Fair in Hilly Fields Park.

The recycling team were on hand to answer questions people had about their recycling collections as well as giving advise about composting and food waste. Many visitors came to the stall and it was also a chance for us to tell them about our new Service Standards that we are introducing across the borough: http://goo.gl/o6lWoq

Gourds for Sale

Gourds for Sale

As a first time event, it was pretty well attended which was helped by the sunny warm weather in the morning, but this wasn’t the case when the heavens opened later on in the day. However, this does look like it has the potential to grow if it was made into an annual event.