Making it easier to recycle

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NEW collection units for recycling electrical items have proved popular with Scarborough residents during the first six weeks of operation.

NEW collection units for recycling electrical items have proved popular with Scarborough residents during the first six weeks of operation.

Three recycling banks have been placed at various locations across the borough and work alongside Scarborough Council’s collection scheme for unwanted items of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – which is run in partnership with recycling firm RB Markets.

Harry Briggs, the council’s recycling and waste enforcement manager, said: “The electrical recycling banks have been in place for around six weeks now and are being well used. We want to give our residents every opportunity to recycle as much as they can and keep as much waste as possible from going to land fill, especially materials such as WEEE.

“We are delighted with the banks and believe they will really encourage residents to think more about what they are throwing into landfill. If we can keep electrical items out of the green bin, we can keep them out of the ground. We hope to increase the number of these banks around the Borough in the near future.”

Lewis Gibson, of RB Markets Ltd, said: “The bins, so far, have been very successful, and we would like to thank the residents of the borough for their effort. So far we have recycled just over 800 kilograms of electrical items via the bins; and last year recycled a fantastic 162.91 tonnes from our door step initiative. However, we would like to top that figure this year.”

The electrical recycling banks have been placed at existing mini recycling centres including:

- Sainsbury’s in Scarborough

- Tesco in Filey

- West Cliff car park in Whitby.

They are specially adapted units, which were originally used for glass collection, and are now able to accept small electrical items.

A new aperture in the lid was designed to take small electrical items – such as kettles, irons, hairdryers and small kitchen appliances – as well as cables.

Once the units are full they are emptied and taken away for re-sale or recycling.

According to government statistics recycling just one toaster can provide enough steel to make 25 new cans.

Mr Briggs added: “It’s easy to check too – if it has a plug, uses batteries, needs charging or has a crossed out wheelie bin logo – it can be recycled in the electrical recycling banks.”

The council also offers a free doorstep collection service for larger items – such as washing machines and freezers.

The scheme was introduced last year because recycling officers realised that a lot of old and broken electrical equipment was left at the back of cupboards or in garages.

According to council statistics any waste that is put into a green bin ends up in landfill and 75 per cent of waste electronics end up in landfill sites.

In the UK, the amount of electrical waste we create in one year equals 1.2 million tonnes – enough to fill the new Wembley Stadium six times or the equivalent of 150,000 double decker buses.