Recycle for Lewisham

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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: https://recycleforlewisham.com/2011/02/11/small-appliance-banks/

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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100% FREE collection and recycling of your school’s waste electric and electronic equipment

What’s the catch?  There is none.  Simply collect a minimum of 12 computer base units and we will take away all your WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) waste FREE OF CHARGE.

Electrical waste is NOT restricted to I.T equipment and covers anything electrical or electronic,  plus there is no minimum specification for the base units. This service is being managed by SWEEEP Kuusakoski, in partnership with Lewisham Council and provides education facilities with an all-round financially and environmentally efficient service.

This is a great opportunity for schools to dispose of their old IT and electronic equipment using this free service.

This is a great opportunity for schools to dispose of their old IT and electronic equipment using this free service.

Simple steps to book your collection:

Call Amanda on 01795 434125 or email amandahamley@sweeep.co.uk. Collections will be made within 48 hrs of your call or on a preferred date, along with full waste transfer notes and certificates of destruction.

All waste is responsibly recycled at our processing centre in Sittingbourne and we are the only waste processing centre in the world to have Nulife technology that separates lead and glass used in the older style TV and monitor screens, so you can be assured that 97.39%  of your waste is recycled, by 100% renewable energy, with the small portion of waste left going to ‘waste to energy’ production.  Click here to view the BBC video demonstrating our recycling best practise.

What your colleagues are saying:

‘Great service, well organised and friendly staff!’ – Lesley Osbourne – Bradfields School

‘I couldn’t believe it was free. It was fantastic. I am already collecting some electrical appliances to recycle. This kind of service is a great help for the schools, the community  and the environment as it promotes the recycling culture and safe disposal of non-wanted electrical appliances’. Wilfredo Chillitupa Z – Wainscott Primary School

Amanda Hamley

amandahamley@sweeep.co.uk

 Tel: +44 (0)1795 434125

after 5 years of good service the SWEEEP website gets a refresh:  www.sweeep.co.uk


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What a busy WEEEk that was

And so it begins….

Preparations for the annual WEEE Week event start a long time before we even get to autumn. Whilst the sun is shining and children are enjoying their summer holidays, we at WEEE Man HQ are deciding which schools to target for WEEE Week that we run in October/November time.

Our strategy is to target schools in the north, east, south, west and somewhere central to Lewisham in an attempt to engage and reach as many people as possible and so spread the educational message as well collecting as much Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment as we can.

WEEE Man and Kristina from our recycling team at Coopers Lane Primary School.

With the Lewisham map spread out in a secret underground bunker (aka Wearside depot), and a team of generals assembled (the recycling team), we look at which schools we are going to target for our 2012 campaign. After much discussion and deliberation a shortlist of 5 schools is produced. We also draw up a reserve list in case the original 5 can’t accommodate us.

With our 5 schools earmarked and our pins firmly stuck in the Lewisham map, it’s then a matter of contacting the schools through a series of emails and phone calls. Phone messages and emails are duly dispatched to all 5 schools and its then just a matter of waiting for the school summer holidays to finish.

A Council Waste Prevention Officer from our recycling team shows the school assembly some examples of waste electrical and electronic equipment at St Augustine’s.

Within a couple of weeks of the summer holidays finishing, follow up calls are made to the original 5 schools to secure their participation in this years event. Within the second week of chasing up the 5 original schools, two drop out straightaway as they are busy on the suggested dates – so we select others from our reserve list.

Typically a school’s involvement with WEEE Week starts with a visit by the recycling team and WEEE Man to conduct a school assembly. A member of the recycling team goes through a power point presentation with the children and shows them props (an old toaster, radio, hairdryer and an iron etc.) to demonstrate the sort of items that we are interested in collecting. We then show the children a short film featuring WEEE Man coming back from the future Terminator style, bringing the message of recycling and how important it is to collect redundant electronic waste. When the film finishes, we ask the children if they liked WEEE Man which we usually receive a resounding YEESSSSS. We then ask them if they would like to meet WEEE Man to which we receive an even bigger resounding YEEESSSSSSSS!!

Then, either from behind a curtain or from out of an old PE store cupboard, WEEE Man dramatically appears. The children as you can imagine get very excited to see him. WEEE Man is the strong silent moody type of Superhero and during his appearance he wanders among the children without uttering a single word. Any questions that the children have for him are answered by a member of the recycling team. Once a brief Q&A session has taken place, WEEE Man takes his leave and goes back from where he appeared from. After the assembly finishes, a few lucky children are chosen to stay behind for photographs with him. Even close up to WEEE Man the children are still in awe of him and are a little nervous of having their picture taken with him.

WEEE Man at John Stainer School.

Before disappearing after the assemblies, we leave a few hundred flyers behind which the school distribute to the children via their book bag. The aim of the leaflet is to inform parents, carers, aunties, uncles, grandparents etc. of the forthcoming WEEE Week which takes place two weeks after the assemblies. We leave a week between collections and assemblies to give us more time to put further messages out on Twitter and deliver more leaflets in the local community.

Then two weeks later we return to the school which a large collection vehicle, an A frame sign and start collecting all manner of electronics from school children, parents and teachers alike. This year we collected old video recorders, DVD players, clockwork radios and regular radios, lots of hairdryers and irons, a few toasters, a couple of food mixers, some speakers, some old CCTV equipment, amplifiers, a few laptops, lamps, bread makers, mobile phones, vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, old computers, printers and an abundance of cables and plugs.

We return with a truck and an A frame sign to collect all those unwanted electrical items.

With regard to this years efforts, the recycling team would like to say a big thank you to the five schools that took part in the WEEE Week event and they were Tidemill Academy, Deptford, John Stainer school, Brockley, Adamsrill Primary school, Sydenham, Coopers Lane Primary school, Grove Park and St Augustine’s Catholic Primary school, Catford.

Through the partnership of Lewisham’s recycling team and the participating schools above, we managed to collect over a tonne of waste electrical and electronic equipment this year.

If there are other schools that would like to participate next year and think their assemblies would benefit from a visit by our Superhero WEEE Man, then please contact paddy.swift@lewisham.gov.uk


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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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Refuse bins refuse to take the WEEE

Christmas is a time that see’s a huge demand in the purchasing of electronic goods, be it something for the kitchen, a new games console or a DVD player. This increase in the purchasing of electrical goods also results in a lot of what’s known as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, or put more simply, WEEE. WEEE waste or electronic waste can mean anything from a toaster to a hairdryer to a radio through to an old video recorder or microwave oven.

During the year we enlisted the help of WEEE Man to raise the issue and profile of electrical waste and to encourage more recycling of small and large electrical appliances. Now that Christmas is nearly upon us, we thought we’d take the opportunity to reinforce the message again using the advert below.

This is aimed at encouraging everyone that has old and redundant items of electronic waste to dispose of them properly, which means not putting them into your black refuse bin where they will only get incinerated.

If items of electronic waste are simply incinerated then the opportunity to recycle them will be completely lost and a resource wasted. Instead, this kind of waste can be taken to either our Reuse and Recycle Centre at Landmann Way or taken to one of our 6 small appliance banks that are dotted around the borough which can be found if you click on the following link https://recycleforlewisham.com/recycling-map/

Also, if you are considering purchasing a new item as a replacement for something you already have in the January sales, why not ask the electrical store if they will take the redundant item off you if it no longer works. And of course, don’t forget that we can also take all your old batteries through our kerbside battery collection scheme or through our many battery collection points in the libraries.

Merry Christmas


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WEEE Man trims down WEEE waste during WEEE Week

WEEE Week ran from September 24th through to October 1st, 2011. In the build up to this event, Lewisham Council called upon the services of its new superhero WEEE Man, who came along to raise awareness and the profile of this type of waste.

 The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was introduced into UK law in January 2007 by the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2006. It aims is to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it.

 With the help of WEEE Man, Lewisham Council set about taking the message of recycling WEEE waste to the people of Lewisham. A couple of weeks before WEEE Week started, several schools were visited where a presentation was given to the assemblies about the issues surrounding electronic waste and how this could be recycled. The presentation informed the children about what WEEE waste was, and why it was important to recycle and dispose of this waste in the best way possible. This also included reusing any working items of electronic waste whenever possible.

 The children were then shown this short film featuring WEEE Man 

which they enjoyed very much before the actual man himself appeared to the very excited assemblies. He wandered amongst the excited children before making his exit and leaving behind flyers which the children were instructed to take home to their parents. The flyers carried all the information about the WEEE waste collections that were taking place at 6 schools. The schools that took place were Kelvin Grove, Sydenham, Forster Park, Catford, Ladywell Fields College, Ladywell, All Saints School, Blackheath, Sir Francis Drake, Deptford and Edmund Waller, New Cross. Two consecutive Saturday collections also took place at Dacres Road Nature Reserve.

 The collections saw lots of items being brought, from obsolete video recorders, defunct irons, hairdryers, and microwave ovens, through to redundant printers, scanners, old telephones, faxes, radios, stereos and even a hedge trimmer (see photo above). During the collection week, WEEE Man even decided to put in an appearance and was mobbed by children seeking autographs (see photo below).

 Two caged vehicles worth of WEEE waste was collected during the seven days that the collections ran for and a total of 1880kg of WEEE waste was collected. That’s nearly 2 tonnes!

 For those people that didn’t manage to drop off their old and unwanted items of WEEE waste, don’t forget that we still have 6 small appliance banks around the borough https://recycleforlewisham.com/2011/02/11/small-appliance-banks/ that can be used at any time. If you have items that are too big and not suitable for the small appliance banks, you can always take them to the Reuse and Recycle Centre at Landmann Way.

 Thank you to everyone that came along with your old toasters, kettles and radios etc and for making this event the success that it was. WEEE Man also called on the WEEE phone to say a big thank you to all the schools and the children for all their help and support. He will be more than happy to make return visits to schools and visit other schools in the future.