Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


WEEE Man Completes Another Successful Tour of Schools in Lewisham

This Friday sees the end of another successful week for our resident Superhero WEEE Man. In a whistle stop tour of seven schools in the borough, he popped in to say hello to lots of children at primary schools up and down the borough.

It all started on Monday morning by a visit to Fairlawn School in Forest Hill and then in the afternoon appearing at Grinling Gibbon School in Deptford.

On Tuesday he was seen visiting Myatt Gardens School in Brockley and then it was on to Wednesday where he did two visits. One to Baring School in Grove Park in the morning and then went on to Perrymount School in the afternoon.

On Thursday he suddenly appeared at Beecroft Garden Primary School in Brockley/Crofton Park and for his final visit, he showed up at Lucas Vale School in Deptford.

'I want your old electronic waste during WEEE Week'.

‘My message is simple, keep recycling all small and large appliances to make ensure good use is made of these resources’.

His visits coincide with presentations to the school assemblies where children learn about the recycling of electronic waste. They’re told about everyday items such as toasters, radios, kettles, irons and hairdryers etc and what they need to do with them once they have stopped working.

It’s not all about electrical items breaking however. The presentation also touches upon newer, emerging technologies which ultimately make existing appliances redundant. This was demonstrated by showing children a large CD player/tape/radio which is more or less being replaced today by an ordinary smart phone.

After the presentation, the children get to see the film we made with WEEE Man before the man himself mysteriously appears in the assembly from a nearby cupboard/curtain or whatever happens to be at hand for him to appear from.

WEEE Man’s appearance and the showing of the film helps to cement the message we are trying to give the children. They also get to take a leaflet home to their parents letting them know where our small appliance banks are and also that we have a Reuse and Recycle Centre for much larger items of WEEE. Information on those can be found here:

WEEE Man did also hint that this might be his final year doing the school visits and hoped that all the children will continue to recycle their electronic waste in the future and keep up the good work and message that he has been delivering for the past 3 years.

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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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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

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Council Website Down

Lewisham Council’s website will not be accessable from midnight on Wednesday 16th February until 8am Monday 21st February. This is because the Council is moving its servers to a new data centre.

We’re hoping to provide as much information regarding waste and recycling as possible here during this period. There are a list of frequently asked questions below, there is additional information on the tabs at the top of the page and you can use our “tag cloud” on the left hand side of this page to navigate or use the search engine to find specific topic areas.

What can I recycle?

Check out our recycling page for a list of what can and can’t be recycled using your green bin, box or estate collection service.

When is my Refuse and Recycling collection day?

Click on the following link to an externally hosted document listing streets and collection days.

How can I order a new recycling bin or box?

You can visit love clean streets and create a report for yourself, during this time jobs created will not be shown publicly so don’t worry. If you have an outstanding bin request please wait until the 21st February when we will be able to track and deal with your request.

I had a missed bin collection today, how can I report it?

Visit love clean streets and create a report for yourself, this will then be passed to our collection crews who will action the request as quickly as possible.

How do I get rid of something which isn’t collected as part of my kerbside collection service?

Visit our recycling map to find recycling points near to you, these include small electrical appliances and tetrapaks.
You can also take items to our Reuse and Recycling Centre which is open:
Sunday to Friday 8am to 4pm
Saturday 8am to 12 noon

At the site we can accept:
glass, textiles, scrap metal, cans and tins, paper and card, electrical items, gas bottles, plastic bottles, car batteries, all lightbulbs, used cooking oil, garden waste and wood, fridges and freezers, bulky household items.

Before you visit the site it is advised that you read the user guidelines which can be viewed here.

Any other queries

If you have any issues which you feel have not been answered on this site we have set up a temporary email address for this short period: please note this is a temporary address and will be monitored on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th February 8am – 6pm ONLY.

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Battery recycling is here

In the lead up to Christmas we’ll either be getting the latest gadgets (3D glasses anyone?) or throwing away the ones that don’t quite cut it anymore (think 3D glasses in 5 years time!). So what to do with all of the surplus toys and batteries? … well if the toy’s are still in good order they should go to your local charity shop – someone may appreciate a toy even if you or your children have fallen out of love with it. If the toys are beyond repair they can be taken to our reuse and recycle centre at Landmann Way.

But what about all of the batteries? Be it from toys or just the remote control because it’s been warn out by the Christmas tv schedule. The answer is here …

Lewisham has just added batteries to it’s kerbside recycling! If you have a wheelie bin you should have already received a clear plastic battery recycling bag, these are really easy to use:

All batteries except car or industrial batteries can be recycled. Once your battery recycling bag has been filled and sealed, you can leave it on top of your green recycling bin on your normal collection day. The batteries will then be collected and recycled and the recycling crews will leave a new bag underneath the lid of your recycling bin.

If you haven’t already got a bag, you can get one sent to you by calling 02083147171 or by emailing

For residents who live in estates and only have access to bulk recycling bins you can take your batteries along to all local libraries and schools who have battery recycling points.

Councillor Susan Wise, Cabinet Member for Customer Services, said: “In Lewisham we’ve been encouraging battery recycling since 2009 and have recycling bins in all our libraries and at other points around the borough”.

“I think the new kerbside battery recycling scheme is great. In the UK we recycle less than 3 per cent of portable batteries, whereas other European countries recover over 50 per cent”