South Norfolk: Diss event to spark recycling surge

Recycle your unwanted textiles and electricals before Christmas

South Norfolk Council are inviting residents to drop off old textiles and broken or unwanted small electrical items at their recycling event.

The event will take place on Wednesday 6 December at Diss Youth & Community Centre, from 9am to 2:30pm.

South Norfolk Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Keith Kiddie, said:

“These events are always popular as our residents continue to get behind the Council’s drive to recycle and reuse a wider variety of items. At our last event in August, over 300 items were collected, including microwaves, laptops and many small kitchen appliances. At this event in Diss, you can also bring textiles such as old clothes, bed linen and curtains, so you can recycle even more!”

The Council’s team will be collecting small electrical items such as old Christmas lights, TVs and monitors, radios, kettles, game consoles, cameras, small power tools, tablets, cables and chargers. They will also be collecting textiles such as clothes, towels, bed linen, curtains and shoes, but will not be accepting pillows, carpet or duvets.

Cllr Kiddie, added:

“In the UK alone, a staggering 155,000 tonnes of electricals are thrown away every year, which is a huge waste of precious resources, like iron and copper, which could be recycled.”

“So while you’re getting out the Christmas decorations, take the opportunity to have a good rummage and see if you can find any unwanted electricals, or textiles, that you can bring to Diss.”

All the electrical items collected during the event will be taken to FCC Environment (Costessey) for recycling.

Residents wishing to dispose of larger items such as white goods (washing machines, fridges, dishwashers) can either book a bulky waste collection or visit one of the County’s recycling centres. This event is for residents’ domestic waste and commercial items will not be accepted.

It is important to remember that small electrical items should never be disposed of in rubbish or recycling bins as the batteries they contain can ignite when crushed by the vehicle during collection, endangering front-line operatives and the wider community.

Find out more about the event.

Published: 28 November 2023