Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


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Why can’t I put nappies in my recycling bin?

For those that have had the opportunity to visit a materials recycling facility and seen the people that stand next to the conveyor belt picking off contaminated items to improve the quality of the material, they will be aware that these people doing the picking also have to deal with disposable nappies  – which isn’t very pleasant.

As part of our series of using infomercials to get the recycling message across, this week we focus on the problems of putting disposable nappies in the recycling bin. Take it away…….


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What can I put into my recycling bin?

This is a question that we hear a lot and over the years have tried to tackle it in all manner of ways. We have used traditional methods such as leaflets, put articles in Lewisham Life, used billboards and the side of our refuse and recycling vehicles. We have knocked on residents doors and taken our education trailer to large events and fayres in the borough.

More recently we have moved into the area of social media with the use of Twitter and of course with this blog and we obviously combine them both for better results.  We haven’t tried YouTube that much as a way of reaching people until now.  So we went out into Lewisham High Street recently and approached residents about the recycling issues that they wanted answers to. The video below is the first in a series that we will be posting on this blog. The aim of the short film is to clarify and simplify just what we want our residents to do when it come to using the green bin, recycling batteries, composting and dealing with mattresses amongst many other things.