Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham

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What else can you recycle in your home?

This week (22nd – 28th June) is recycle week.  Lewisham Council along with lots of local authorities across the UK are encouraging their residents to think more about what can be recycled around the home. The short animated film below illustrates very clearly what other materials there are in the home that should be finding their way into your green recycling bin.

More information about the Council recycling services can be found here:

And remember, please use our textile banks or your local charity shop for the recycling and reusing of clothes and other textiles.

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Recycle Week – Textile Recycling

Following a succesful trial in Brockley and Telegraph Hill wards, you can now recycle textiles from your doorstep wherever you live in Lewisham.

The process is extremely easy, but it is a bookable service – so please don’t leave piles of clothes outside your house!

Here’s what you need to do …

1. Pick up a textiles recycling leaflet – you can get one from your local library, or download and print one from here.

2. Call 020 8314 7171 to arrange a collection date

3. Put your clean textiles into a bag and attach this leaflet to the bag, make sure each bag has its own leaflet.

4. Leave your bag outside your front door on the agreed collection date.

So what can we accept?:

Clean dry clothing, pairs of shoes or boots, belts, hats, bags, handbags, towels, bed linen, curtains, fabric.
If you are unsure of what you want to dispose of, ask when you call to book your collection.

What don’t we want?

Dirty, soiled or wet clothing, carpet, duvets, sleeping bags, pillows and cushions.

We’re running this collection service in partnership with Chris Carey’s Collections (CCC), a local family run textile business who generate over £100,000 a month for various charities by working in partnership with them. Virtually everything CCC collect is either re-used in the UK or in the developing world. Anything that is unable to be used is recycled into roof and wall insulation.

If you have any comments or issues regarding the service please let us know.

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Recycle Week – The ‘R’ Team

We recently ran a competition to find Lewisham’s “Recycling Superhero” we posted letters to all Year 5 school children in Lewisham. Children were asked to write in no more than 100 words why they should “be a hero” there was such a good response (over 60 children entered) that we decided to create the “R- Team”.

The winners were announced this week and are: Mya Msundi (St Michaels School), Fadakemi Adeleye (John Ball Primary School), Yvonne Awotyla (Marvels Lane Primary School) and Finley Hills, Simon Caniffe and Rhianna Reid – Kanon (Sir Francis Drake Primary) and are all pictured below.

Other winners who will form part of the ‘R’ team are: Jasmine Bush and Chelsea Ojosipe (Hatcham Temple Grove School), Stephanie Boateng (Torridon Junior School) and Aaron Regisford (Good Shepherd Primary School).

The team will appear on promotional material for the council including the side of Lewisham’s recycling trucks, the winners will also meet to swap ideas, tell each other how they’ve been recycling and set some challenges for reducing, reusing and recycling.

Congratulations to everybody who took part and congratulations to the winners!

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Recycle Week

20th – 24th June  is Recycle Week 2011, we’ll be running a series of blogs highlighting a couple of initiatives that we will be launching during the week. Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the borough wide textiles collection and lightbulb recycling points.

We’ve also launched a competition to find a team of recycling superheros, if your child attends a school in Lewisham and is in year 5 they should have received a leaflet in their book bag! – if not leave a comment here or drop an email to