Recycle for Lewisham

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Bring out your (dead) Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

WEEE Week officially gets underway starting 22nd October and finishing on Friday 26th. Last week the recycling team and local superhero WEEE Man visited 5 primary schools across the borough to talk to children about what to do when their old toaster, radio, CD player, video recorder, old phones, irons, kettles hairdryers, vacuum cleaners etc. stop working and they need to be thrown away or disposed of.

Bring along your old and unwanted small appliances for safe disposal and recycling.

 We told the children that they mustn’t throw their old electronic waste in the recycling bin as it would cause us lots more problems with contamination at the Bywaters recycling plant. We also don’t want the old electronic waste to go into the refuse bin either as this isn’t the correct disposal route and it also wastes the opportunity for us to do any useful recycling.

 However, during WEEE Week, 22nd – 26th October, we will be visiting all the 5 schools where we held assemblies with the children again to collect unwanted items of electronic waste.

 The collection of the old and unwanted items of waste electrical and electronic equipment will be taking place at the following schools between 9am – 12pm.

 Please look out for Lewisham Council staff collecting the waste at the gates of the schools on the following dates:

 Monday, 22nd – Tidemill Academy, 11 Giffin Street, Deptford, SE8 4RJ

 Tuesday, 23rd – John Stainer Community School, St Asaph Road, SE4 2DY

 Wednesday 24th  – Adamsrill Primary School, Adamsrill Road, SE12 0LF

 Thursday 25th – Coopers Lane Primary School, Pragnell Road, SE12 0LF

 Friday 26th – St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, Dunfield Road, SE6 3RD.

 Please note: We won’t be able to accept TV’s, fridges or fluorescent tubes as these are classed as hazardous waste which we are unable to accept.

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WEEE Week starts soon: 22nd – 26th October 2012

Last year Lewisham Council in partnership with 5 primary schools across the borough held what we are calling WEEE Week. WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and with the help of WEEE Man (see image below) we visited 5 primary schools in the borough and spoke to the children in their assemblies.

‘I want your old and redundant electronic waste during WEEE Week’.

The assemblies involved a short presentation to the children starting with general recycling which they are now quite familiar with, we then introduce the idea of recycling electronic waste such as small appliances like toasters, kettles, radios, hairdryers, DVD players, old video recorders and other kitchen appliances.

After the presentation we show the children the short film we made to introduce WEEE Man which helps to give them a flavour of what he looks like and what he represents. WEEE Man helps us champion the WEEE recycling message and is a good way of engaging with the children. Once we’ve shown the kids the short film, we then surprise them by introducing WEEE Man himself who comes out from behind the curtain or side door.

Kids are fascinated by the WEEE Man character covered in buttons and other electronic paraphernalia and get quite excited by seeing him. After a quick walk around the assembly hall allowing kids to get a close look at WEEE Man, he then makes a quick exit.

We then inform the assembly and teachers alike that we will be back in two weeks time with a collection vehicle to collect all manner of redundant electronic items which we hope parents and children will bring in for WEEE Week when they drop their kids off at school. The kids will also be given a leaflet which they can take home so that their parents are aware of the event.

We would also like residents who live local to the schools to use this as an opportunity give us their redundant WEEE waste.

The WEEE  collections will be taking place during Week Week (22nd – 26th) at the following locations between 9am – 12pm

  •  Tidemill Academy, 11 Griffin Street, Deptford, London SE8 4RJ
  • John Stainer Community Primary School, Asaph Road, Brockley, SE4 2DY
  • Adamsrill Primary School, Adamsrill Road, Sydenham, SE26 4AQ
  • Coopers Lane Primary School, Pragnell Road, Grove Park, SE12 OLF
  • St Augustines, Dunfield Road, Catford, SE6 3RD