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We take the MetalMatters Campaign directly to the shoppers

On Friday 14th March, members of the Council’s recycling team launched it’s MetalMatters campaign at the shopping centre in Lewisham. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling tins, cans, aerosols and foil and increase the tonnages collected in the borough.

Lewisham Council have received funding from MetalMatters and also from the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to conduct a campaign right across the borough. For the launch, we joined up with Myatt Garden Primary School who came along to the shopping centre to create an original piece of artwork using tins, cans, foil and bottles tops.

Myatt Garden Primary Schools made a good start on the art work will will go to other schools in Lewisham.

Myatt Garden Primary School made a good start on the art work which will go to other schools in Lewisham.

Their canvass for this event was a huge framed steel sheet which with the aid of magnets was used to place bottle tops and recycled cans to form images and words. 10 children spent 4 hours in the main square of the shopping centre preparing bits of metal, magnetic strips, cuttings and placing them onto the steel sheet.

Their infectious enthusiasm led many passing shoppers to stop and enquire what the activity was all about. This gave the recycling team the perfect opportunity to engage with the shoppers and to explain the importance of recycling tins and cans and let them know how much metal really matters.

Children from Myatt Garden Primary School, teachers, representatives from the MetalMatters campaign and WRAP and special guest the Tin Man.

Children from Myatt Garden Primary School, teachers, representatives from the MetalMatters campaign and WRAP and special guest the Tin Man.

This was also an opportunity to ask all those residents to recycle all their paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, beverage cartons, mixed plastics and plastic bottles including their tops.

The event was a huge success with all the school children having a great day out and making their own personal contribution to public art. The artwork will go on to visit more schools in the borough and may eventually appear in the National Gallery.

Shoppers also had a chance to meet our mystery guest the Tin Man who really was in a position to say how much metal really does matter. Lots of shoppers stopped to pose for photos with him and he was more than happy to pose with all the school children in group shots.

For the next couple of months residents will continue to see the campaign on the side of our recycling and refuse vehicles and will also be receiving a second leaflet through the post reminding them of the importance of recycling tins, cans, aerosols and foil.

Don't forget to recycle all your tins, cans, aerosols and foil and make your metal matter.

Don’t forget to recycle all your tins, cans, aerosols and foil and make your metal matter.

One thing we would also ask everyone to do and that is to give your food cans a quick rinse before depositing them into your recycling bin. This will increase their value and stop your bin from smelling. For more information on what you can recycle or if you want to order a recycling bins, please click on the following link: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/wasterecycle/Pages/default.aspx?LGNTF=10


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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.