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If you have any unwanted electrical items lurking in your attic or under your bed, then please bring them to one of 10 special events across the county so that they can be recycled properly or even reused.
From April to July, the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (HWP) will be holding 10 events across the county specifically for residents to dispose of household electrical goods. The council is working with WEEE Stop, a company that provides an innovative solution for electrical recycling needs, to collect and inspect unwanted items.Ã‚Â These could be anything with a plug or batteries Ã¢â‚¬â€œ from a washing machine to a pocket calculator Ã¢â‚¬â€œ which will then be recycled or reused.
Richard Thake HWP Chairman said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“These events are just one example of the district and county councilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s efforts to make the best use of taxpayersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ money and to prolong the life of electrical items.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The average Hertfordshire household produces over a tonne of waste every year and, while it is fantastic that almost half of all of HertfordshireÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s waste is recycled or composted, it is really important that electrical items are not disposed of with your normal household rubbish.Ã‚Â This scheme will divert a substantial amount of waste from landfill.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Electrical items should be disposed of at events such as these or your local household waste recycling centres. They should not be placed in your kerbside bin, as they can contain toxic chemicals like mercury and lead, which can leak into landfill, and could harm people or wildlife living nearby.
Any electrical items that are powered by a plug or a battery are accepted.Ã‚Â Those items that can be reused will be repaired if necessary, tested put back on the market.Ã‚Â Items which are not suitable for reuse will be dismantled and segregated for material recovery, the different materials segregated and then sent to companies to be recycled into new products.
Visit www.facebook.com/wasteawarepartnership or www.wasteaware.org.uk or call 0300 1234 051 to find your nearest electrical item recycling event. All 10 events take place on weekends between Saturday 9 April and Saturday 30 July and will be open to welcome residents between 10am and 3pm.
Find out what Weee Stop can do for you with a free, no-obligation quote