It’s Recycle WEEEk
Video killed the radio star, DVD killed the VCR and downloads are threatening the DVD …but what do we do with the outdated tech?
It’s National Recycling Week, so get involved and take the time this week to clear out your outdated and broken electrical items and take them to one of the community collection points being hosted by local organisations this week.
In fact, how many electronic items do you have in your home? We did a quick average for people in our office and discovered that each home had at least 30 electrical items – and by electrical we mean everything with a plug, batteries or that has a charger. When any of this equipment stops working, gets damaged or is just replaced for a newer model, what do we do with the old one?
Apparently we just throw them in our rubbish bins and whilst over 75% of waste electrical and electronic goods in the UK end up in landfill ALL of them could be recycled. Find out how you can recycle your electrical items this week.
Electrical and electronic items are a huge part of our everyday lives. We’ll use something powered by electricity or batteries from the moment we wake up (switching off the radio alarm clock or your phone, brushing with an electric toothbrush or boiling the kettle for the much needed cuppa to wake us up) and then for lots of things throughout the day (the phone, TV, computer or vacuum cleaner) until bed – even then we might enjoy reading an electronic version of a book or falling sleep watching TV.
It is thought that every person in the UK throws away over 3 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in their lifetime. This means that you will go through – 35 mobiles, 23 keyboard mice, 15 printers, 12 kettles, 8 toasters, 8 irons, 8 Computers Processing Units, 7 vacuum cleaners, 7 pc screens, 6 microwaves, 6 electric heaters, 6 TVs, 5 fridges, 5 sandwich toasters, 5 radios, 5 fans, 4 lawn mowers, 4 keyboards, 3 whisks, 3 washing machines, 3 electric knives, 3 video recorders, 3 satellites dishes, 2 stereos, 2 food mixers, 1 cooker and hob, 1 sewing machine, 1 garden strimmer, 1 drill, 1 air filter, 1 play station, 1 sander and 1 DVD player.
That’s a really long list and since WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) is the fastest growing waste stream, growing at 5% each year, the amount listed above will only get higher.
So what can you do with unwanted and broken electrical and electronic equipment that is collecting dust and are scattered around the house, garage or shed?
Take them to your local household re-use and recycling centre to be recycled! Or to one of the community collection points for Recycle WEEEk or to one of the permanent bring locations.
|Dollis Hill||Gladstone Park Primary School Sherrick Green Road, London, NW10 1LB||Yes||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Feltham||Victoria Junior School Victoria Junior School ,Victoria Road, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 4AQ||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Feltham||Tesco Superstore Dukes Green Ave London, Feltham, Greater London TW14 0LH||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Harrow Weald||St Luke’s hospice Harrow Weald Electrical shop, 437 High Road HA3 6EJ||Y||Y|
|Hayes||St Anselms Church 54 Station Road, Hayes,Middlesex UB3 4DF||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Hayes||The Gurka Nanak Sikh Academy Springfield Road, Hayes, Middlesex UB4 0LT||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Hounslow||Grove Road Primary School Cromwell Rd Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 3QQ||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Ruislip||Lady Bankes Infant & Junior Schools Dawlish Drive, Ruislip HA4 9SF – E.Y. E Entrance||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Ruislip||Ruislip Gardens Primary School Ruislip Gardens Primary School, Stafford Road, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 6PD||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Stonebridge||St Micheals, Saint Michael and All Saints, Hillside, Brent||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Sudbury||Saint Andrew St Andrews, 956 Harrow Road Sudbury HA0 2QA||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Wembley||London Borough of Brent, Brent House, 349-357 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6BZ||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Wembley||The Elsley Primary School The Elsley Primary School,Tokyngton Avenue, Wembley, Middx HA9 6HT||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Wembley||Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre 809 Harrow Road, Wembley, Middlesex HA0 2LP||Y||Y||Y||Y||Y|
Anything that is powered by batteries, a charger or by plugging it into the mains can be recycled. If you’re going to take it along to one of these locations the item will need to fit inside a carrier bag. For larger items and for any electrical items on any other date please take them to your local Household Re-use and Recycling Centre.
The items will be collected by our recycling partner, DHL Envirosolutions. Everything will be taken to an Environment Agency Approved Authorised Treatment Facility for treatment. Some electrical items contain substances that are harmful to a person’s health when the product is broken down so the treatment process makes the product safe before it is recycled, such as removing batteries and hazardous substances.
The broken and unwanted electrical items will be broken down and have their component parts separated, (metals, plastics etc), so they can be recycled to create new products such as mobile phones, washing machines and irons!