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!
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.
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.
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.
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.