Have a WEEE clear out
Anyone planning to throw away old or broken small electricals will soon have somewhere convenient to take them.
Cherwell District Council is launching a WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) scheme and has already taken delivery of 16 banks. These will go to recycling sites across the district and a further 14 are on order to make sure the scheme benefits the maximum number of homes. Gadgets are being replaced faster than ever before but few consider how many are disposed of as a result.
Councillor George Reynolds, portfolio holder for environment, health and recreation, said: “Cherwell is one of only a handful of councils tackling this problem.Digital radios are all the rage as analogue will soon be obsolete, video and DVD players are now being replaced by Blu-ray and some people seem to have a new mobile phone every week. Luckily, just about every part of these gadgets can be recycled and we want to stop any of them reaching landfill.”
Electrolink, a leading national recycling organisation, is Cherwell’s partner in this project. The company, which is part of the Wastepack Group, has helped fund the new disposal banks. It will also finance the long-term transport costs from Cherwell to an approved recycling centre where the waste products will be broken down and materials recovered for re-use.
Martyn Parfitt, Electrolink commercial manager, said: “This initiative places Cherwell at the forefront of the national drive to keep these products out of landfill, thus avoiding environmental damage and preserving valuable resources.”
The remainder of the project’s £13,000 set-up funding came through a bid to the Oxfordshire Waste Partnership.
Banbury-based WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) helped design the new banks and its staff will be the first to use one.
Larger items such as televisions, computer monitors, fridges and washing machines can be disposed of at the council’s waste and recycling centres. A bulky waste collection can also be organised at a cost of £20 for up to four large items by calling 01295 221940. Locations of the new banks are available at http://www.cherwell.gov.uk/recycling
or by calling 01295 221940.
For further information please contact:
Tel: 01295 221639