Recycle for Lewisham

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New Technology makes Britain a world leader

On Tuesday 15th January Lewisham’s Recycling Team visited the SWEEEP Kuusakovski recycling facility in Sittingbourne. All of the borough’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is taken there to be recycled. Sweeep Kuusakoski are one of the UK’s leading WEEE collection and recycling specialists.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment piles up before being processed.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment piles up before being processed.

The £5m recycling plant is one of the most sophisticated and environmentally robust facilities in Europe. SWEEEP recycle over 94% of all WEEE that comes into the facility and are continually looking to improve that rate. The facility has a host of machinery that helps it to disassemble and sort different items from precious metals to rigid plastics, but despite all of this technology it would not be any where near as efficient without the dedicated people that do the jobs that the machinery cannot.

Staff at SWEEEP sort and process the electronic waste off conveyor belts.

Staff at SWEEEP sort and process the electronic waste off conveyor belts.

They have also invested over £2m in the research, design and build of the first leaded glass extraction furnace. The Nulife technology means that they are able to remove all the lead that is in the old style cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs. On average an old CRT TV had over 1kg of lead in it and since we moved over to flat screen technology this leaded glass has been stockpiled throughout the world.

SWEEEP have invested in innovative technology to extract lead from old CRT's.

SWEEEP have invested in innovative technology to extract lead from old CRT’s.

The SWEEEP Kuusakovski facility is the only place in the world where this hazardous waste can be processed. The furnace separates the lead from the glass and both are able to be reused in industry and manufacturing again. It is an absolutely amazing process and is a real success story of Britain’s new green economy.

Justin Greenaway, Contracts Manager at SWEEEP. 1 CRT produces 1 kg of lead.

Justin Greenaway, Contracts Manager at SWEEEP. 1 CRT produces 1 kg of lead.

SWEEEP have now introduced free WEEE Collections for all of the education facilities in the borough. So if you know of any Schools, Colleges or Universities that could use the service please contact Amanda at SWEEEP on Amanda Hamley@sweeep.co.uk or 01795 434125.  For further information please click on the following link  http://www.sweeep.co.uk/


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Free electrical waste recycling for businesses in Lewisham

A new free service for London businesses which aims to minimise ‘fridge mountains’, reuse old computers and cut down on the amount of electrical goods sent to costly landfill, has been launched that will help businesses to save money and reduce their impact on the city’s environment.

 This initiative is part of the ‘Nice Save’ Recycle for London campaign which aims to encourage Londoners to recycle rather than bin their rubbish and save their local councils money in the process and in this case London businesses.

Piles of WEEE at SWEEEP

The service, named 1,2,3 Recycle for Free, is being delivered by DHL’s environmental service offering Envirosolutions and SWEEP Kuusakoski in partnership with the Mayor’s Recycle for London programme, to offer businesses and organisations a free collection of their unwanted electrical items. This includes white goods, smaller electrical items such as kettles and outdated IT equipment.

 The service, the first to be offered free to businesses of all sizes, is now running in ten London boroughs, with the aim of cutting down the amount of waste electronic and electrical equipment illegally or irresponsibly disposed of and providing small and medium sized businesses with an important recycling service. With one phone call, all electrical waste worries can be solved, at no cost.

Go to http://123recycleforfree.com/ for more information on what they will collect.