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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Digital Switched Over

On Wednesday 13th June Lewisham Council’s Recycling Team in partnership with The Lewisham Pensioners Forum organised and collected obsolete TVs from elderly residents in the Borough.

The collection was set up because the LP Forum identified the aftermath of the Digital Switch Over as being a real concern for some of their members. The collection was offered to any forum member who was unable to dispose of an obsolete TV themselves, whether due to mobility issues or because they had no one else in their lives who was able to help them.

Setting off bright and early in a Lewisham Transit Van the Recycling Team visited 26 different locations from all over the Borough before taking their bounty to The Reuse and Recycling Centre at Landmann Way in New Cross. The collections took all day, but luckily the roads were clear and everybody had their TVs removed on time (pretty much!) The final haul consisted of:

  • 46 TVs
  • 30 Household Batteries
  • 16 Remote Controls
  • 3 TV Stands
  • 2 VHS Players
  • 1 DVD Player
  • 1 CD Player

All electrical waste (WEEE) is removed from The Reuse and Recycling Centre by REPIC. They are the largest WEEE producer compliance scheme in the UK, and they ensure that all of the electrical items that are taken to Landmann Way are responsibly recycled.

If you would like further details on TV recycling and the Digital Switch Over please click here.

Please click here to go the Lewisham Pensioners Forum website.


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Junior Citizens learn all about recycling

The Council’s recycling team have again been involved in the annual Junior Citizen programme. This year it has been held at the Lee Green Fire Station on Eltham Road and aims to teach children about the dangers of drugs, safety on public transport and talking to strangers amongst many other subjects including recycling and waste.

 The recycling team do already run a successful Clean and Clean programme across the borough in Lewisham’s primary schools, however this gives us another opportunity to engage with children further and to talk to them about the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. We also talk about what should and shouldn’t go into the recycling bins and finally give them some examples of what happens to the things they recycle and what they eventually end up being recycled into.

 Groups of children go from room to room in the fire station and spend around 12 minutes in each learning something new. It is hoped that what they learn about recycling can be taken home and taught to their parents. The two week event finishes on Friday.