Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


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Lewisham’s Junior Citizens

Last week the Council’s Recycling Team were back at Lee Green Fire Station taking part in the biannual Junior Citizens educational scheme. The scheme is is put on by the Metropolitan Police and aims to help prepare Year 6 students for the big step into their first year of secondary school.

Amongst the busy activities at Lee Fire Station, the Junior Citizens also learn about waste education.

Around 1,000 children from across the borough took part in 12 minute interactive sessions which test and enhance their knowledge on subjects from recycling to road safety and from first aid to drugs and alcohol awareness.

The Recycling Team focus on promoting the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, talk about what can and cannot go into the recycling bins and show them some examples of what old household materials are turned into when they are recycled. Did you know that your old plastic bottles are often turned into polyester clothing like fleeces and school uniforms?

Other Junior Citizens partners are the London Fire Brigade, the St. John’s Ambulance, Transport for London, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the Lewisham NHS Trust.


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Nappy Swap Event

Real Nappy and Baby Clothing Swap Event.

Baby wearing a real nappyThis will be at Leemore Central Community Hub on Saturday the 19th of November between 2 and 4pm. Come along and swap unwanted baby clothes for Real Nappies and other items of baby clothing. Or find out more about them and get your free £25 voucher towards the purchase of real nappies (proof of address and pregnancy/ baby’s birth certificate required). Hope to see you there! Refreshments will be provided!


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“Leftovers” ft. Lewisham

Students at Goldsmiths College, New Cross produced this excellent video as part of their final year Media and Communications project. It discusses the fact that in the UK we throw away 8.3 million tonnes of food waste every year and highlights the issues associated with this in terms of the huge waste of resources.

The video features interviews with food waste experts including our very own Waste Prevention Officers – Kristina Binns and David Brinson (torso only), as well as students from St Augustines R.C Primary School.

For tips on what can and can’t be frozen, portion sizes, better food storage to make your food last longer, hundreds of recipes to inspire you and help use up your leftovers visit the www.lovefoodhatewaste.com website.


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Supermarkets can now take plastic film for recycling

One question we often get asked is about recycling carrier bags and film, at the moment in Lewisham we can’t currently accept this type of plastic in our kerbside collection.

However there is now another option – Supermarket stores which collect plastic bags for recycling will now accept clean plastic film packaging (such as bread bags and cereal liners) in the same facilities, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) announced on April 7.

Carrier bag banks can be found at more than 4,500 supermarkets. A new version of the on-pack label (See picture on the right) will appear on relevant packaging to encourage customers to dispose of it in this way.

The thin plastic, also used around multipacks of cans and household goods such as toilet roll, makes up 43% of all plastic household packaging and weighs a total of 645,000 tonnes every year. By comparison, plastic bottles account for 32%, or 480,000 tonnes. Thin plastic film is fully recyclable but until now most people have had no means of recycling it.

We’ve done a quick bit of research in Lewisham and the supermarkets which have facilities for you to dispose of plastic bags …and now plastic film are:

  • Tesco, Lewisham
  • Sainsburys, Lewisham Shopping Centre
  • Sainsburys, New Cross
  • Tesco, Catford
  • Co-op, Downham
  • Sainsburys, Forest Hill
  • Sainsburys, Sydenham SavaCentre
  • Sainsburys, Lee Green

You can find all of the locations on our recycling map – look for the yellow carrier bags.

The recycling points are all located in the stores as opposed to outside (with the textile banks etc) and are usually behind the check-out. There is a picture of a couple of typical ones below – if in doubt ask a member of staff.