Broadland: Tis’ the season to recycle unwanted electrical items
Broadland District Council are inviting residents to drop off small electrical items that are broken or no longer needed on Wednesday 6 December at Aylsham Recreation Ground between 9:30am and 1pm.
This is the second year Broadland District Council have worked in partnership with Veolia to hold an electrical recycling event.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Jan Davis, said:
“Over 155,000 tonnes of waste electricals are thrown away in the UK alone each year and around a third of all households have at least one electrical device in their home that doesn’t work that could be recycled. So please take this opportunity to look in the back of your cupboards, rummage in the garage and have a good clear out in time for Christmas!”
Duncan McBurney, Contract Manager, Veolia UK said:
“We are pleased to be holding this recycling event following the great success of last year when we collected and recycled over 125 items. Come on down to help us recycle even more this year and keep our collections safe from incorrect disposal of these valuable items.”
Since the Council’s small electrical items kerbside collection service was introduced, it has been incredibly successful with over 50 tonnes collected in the last 12 months.
This regular collection is for small items only, so this event will allow residents to recycle slightly bigger items too, such as vacuum cleaners, hedge trimmers and microwaves, without having to visit a household waste and recycling centre.
All items collected on the day will be sent to a local reprocessor to be recycled. This year the crews will also be able to accept unwanted TVs and computer screens, but they are still unable to accept white goods (washing machines, fridges, dishwashers) which should be taken to the household waste and recycling centre.
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.
Residents needing to recycle these items can either book a bulky waste collection or visit one of the County’s recycling centres. This event is strictly for residents’ domestic waste.