Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


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What happens to everything that goes into your recycling bin?

We do get a lot of enquiries about what happens to everything that goes into the recycling bins in Lewisham. Whilst we take great efforts to explain what happens to all the materials that go into the recycling bins, there are some people that aren’t convinced that a mechanised process can deal with sifting and sorting all of the different materials.

Of course its not an entirely mechanised process and there are whole lines of people who hand sort much of the materials as it first enters the materials recycling facility, also known as a MRF (pronounced merf).

We do organise tours around the MRF so that people can see all the processes first hand and we also direct people to our contractor Bywaters website where there is a video showing what happens to all the materials once they are tipped out of the recycling vehicles. Not everyone will do these things however so we thought we should put the video of the processes involved on our blog to make it a little more accessible.

Below is what happens to the contents of your recycling bin once it has been emptied.


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Christmas tree recycling locations

As well as recycling all those empty beer cans, wine and spirits bottles, clean packaging from your turkey, plastic containers from nuts, empty biscuit tins, mince pie packaging, pickles jars, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, fruit and vegetable punnets, party platters, juice cartons and composting all those sprout peelings – don’t forget that your real Christmas tree can also be recycled when you’ve finished with it.

Usual locations available to recycle your Christmas tree

As usual, we are collecting the trees at the same locations around the borough from December 28th to Jan 27th, 2012. The locations are as follows;

SE4 Hilly Fields – entrance in Hilly Fields Crescent,

SE8 Deptford Park- entrance in Scawen Road,

SE14 Telegraph Hill -Pepys Road/Kitto Road entrance,

SE3 Talbot Place- Blackheath,

SE13 Mountsfield Park- entrance top of George Lane,

SE26 Sydenham Wells Park- entrance Wells Park Road,

SE6 Forster Memorial Park- entrance top of Whitefoot Lane,

SE12 Northbrook Park-Baring Road entrance,

SE23 Mayow Park- entrance in Mayow Road,

SE12 Chinbrook Meadows, Amblecote Road,

SE13 Manor House Gardens, Old Road entrance,

BR1  Beckenham Place Park–Old Bromley Road entrance

Happy recycling to all and hope you have a green Christmas.