Recycle your old electricals

Just Regional
Jan 10, 2013 2 mins read

Broadland householders are being urged to help increase the number of electricals that get recycled in the county as part of a new waste campaign.

Bring Them – Don’t Bin Them is a new drive to encourage people not to chuck their waste electrical and electronic equipment in the bin, but to take it instead to recycling centres.

And as a reward, residents who bring unwanted electricals to any of the sites can enter a prize draw, with the chance to win £100 of vouchers every three months for the next nine months.

Bill Borrett, Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste at Norfolk County Council, said: “The amount of electrical waste we throw away in the UK is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest-growing waste stream. We generate more than 1.2 million tonnes of it – the equivalent weight of 150,000 double decker buses or enough to fill Wembley Stadium six times.

“Almost every single part of an electrical or electronic item can be recycled because it’s packed full of valuable materials including gold, silver and copper.”

Kate Murrell, waste reduction and recycling manager added: “Christmas is a great time of year for receiving new electronics and electricals, whether they’re the latest gadget, toy or appliance. It’s also a time when irons run out of steam, hairstraighteners go cold on us and our fairy lights fail. That leaves literally thousands of electrical and electronic items unwanted or redundant after the festive period.

Visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/weee.

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