Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham

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Can we do it? Yes we Can

Lewisham’s Metal Matters campaign has been running for a couple of weeks now and many of you may already have seen this in one form or another. Perhaps you have seen the trucks carrying the huge banners highlighting the importance of recycling tins and cans for example or have seen the JC Decaux signs carrying the posters all across Lewisham. The Council’s official website has also been displaying a huge banner ad with a link connecting you to our recycling page.

JC Decaux signs as seen all across the borough

JC Decaux signs as seen all across the borough

The metal packaging manufacturing industry, recyclers and fillers have teamed up with Lewisham Council to launch the ‘make your metals matter’ recycling campaign, to raise awareness of the importance of metal packaging recycling and to increase the amount collected from households. The campaign is being jointly funded by MetalMatters, an industry partnership comprising the UK’s leading producers, users and recyclers of metal packaging and Recycle for London.

To raise awareness further, we are going to have a launch event in the Lewisham Shopping on Friday 14th March between 10am – 2pm.

The event will be our opportunity to engage with Lewisham shoppers and encourage them further to recycle all their tins and cans including aerosols and foil. Also at the event will be children from Myatt Garden Primary School who will be taking part in an art project to create a unique piece of artwork from tins, cans, bottle tops and ring pulls. The construction of the art project will be taking place in the shopping centre itself and council staff will also be there asking shoppers to join in should they wish.

It is hoped that once the artwork is completed, it will go on to be displayed in the National Gallery. As well as all this activity, we will also be inviting a special guest that will be handing leaflets and talking to shoppers about his own experiences of how much metal matters to him.

If you are going to be in the shopping centre on March 14th between 10am and 2pm, why not pop over to the Metal Matters stand and say hello and find out how you can play your part in increasing the amount of tins, cans, aerosols and foil that can be recycled.

Further information about the recycling of tins, cans, paper, cardboard, mixed plastics, plastic bottles, glass bottles and jars, beverage cartons can be found on the following link:


Metal really does matter

Today see’s the start of a brand new recycling campaign in the borough called Metal Matters which aims to drive up the recycling tonnages of tins and cans and prove that metal really does matter.

Many residents may have already seen the new livery on the refuse and recycling trucks promoting the campaign (see images below). As well as all the livery on the trucks, JC Decaux signs will be appearing all across the borough and will be carrying the same images and messages.

Your cans could end up as an iPod, an iron or a kettle?

Your cans could end up as an iPod, an iron or a kettle?

The message is a simple one; please use your recycling bins to recycle all of the tins and cans that you use including aerosols. This includes steel food cans that beans and soups normally come in right through to soft drink and beer cans. Many people may not be aware that tins and cans can be recycled or may think that just certain types of cans are acceptable which isn’t the case.

Details of the types of cans and more information about the campaign will be arriving through your door with the latest edition of Lewisham Life. The leaflet demonstrates the versatility of steel and aluminium and shows some of the products that these items are made into.

Where does it all go?

Where does it all go?

Did you know for example that the aluminium drink can is the most recycled drinks container on the planet? And also that every minute of every day, an average of 113,200 aluminium cans are recycled.

So, why do we want you to recycle tins and cans? For one thing, recycling steel and aluminium cans helps to reduce waste. As well as that, it also saves energy, conserves natural resources, and cuts down on the amount of waste that goes to incineration.

So what are we asking you to do? The next time your are out shopping and buying cans of food or drinks in aluminium or steel cans, please think about putting the empty can into your recycling bin when you have finished with them. If the cans have some residue of food in them, then please give them a quick rinse before putting them into your recycling bin. This will improve the quality of the recycling and also stop your bin from smelling.

Wanted: All your steel and aluminium cans

Wanted: All your steel and aluminium cans

Members of the recycling team will be in Lewisham Shopping Centre on March 14th between 10am and 2pm talking to shoppers about the recycling of tins and cans in a bid to drive up the recycling rates of this material. If you have any questions or queries about the recycling of tins and cans or if you want  to ask a question about recycling generally, please come over and say hello.

We are hoping to work with a school to create some kind of sculpture on the day made from tins and cans which sounds very interesting and there may also be a special guest turning up? Hope to see you there.