You are WEEE recycling champions – well done West London
Come on don’t be shy, we all do it. It could be your old mobile phone in a bedroom drawer, the juicer you were given for Christmas in 2008 but still haven’t used or a remote control toy robot that makes annoying noises. Unwanted electrical items are the fastest growing waste stream in the UK, so to make recycling really easy, in April and June West London residents were able to have a clear out and take their unwanted items to be recycled at local points as part of their daily routines.
In April, The Mall in Uxbridge hosted an electrical recycling box. Hillingdon residents rose to the challenge to clear out irons, fans, electric drills, headphones, remote controls and much more! As well as over bringing over 100 items, shoppers were also encouraged to enter an anagram word hunt competition around The Mall. The competition winner Lyn Santa-Maria received a £25 prize voucher and told us what she thought about the activities for Enviromall “This was a great opportunity to not only learn more about recycling electrical items but to also recycle old electrical items. The workshops teaching young children about waste reduction and re-use activity helped to make this into a great fun family event. My children and I really enjoyed finding the letters placed around The Mall for the anagram. We will undoubtedly be spending the voucher in The Entertainer!”
Then during Recycle WEEEk at the end of June, residents of Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow were able to take their electrical items to one of 16 locations to be recycled. As a result of efforts throughout the week over 2 tonnes of electrical items were taken to an approved and authorised treatment facility in Sittingbourne where they were shredded and then separated into plastics and metals. Now these materials will be used bythe manufacturing industry to make new items.
Andrew Worth from Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre in Brent who hosted a container during Recycle WEEEk believes “This was a great opportunity to learn more about electrical recycling and provide the local community with local, convenient drop off locations to recycle their small electricals on the go.”
As electrical items are one of the fastest growing waste streams and many electrical goods contain natural finite resources, by recycling electrical items we can make sure these resources are used again to reduce the environmental impact and health risks associated with sending waste electrical goods to landfill.
So why not clear the electronic clutter from your house and take it to be recycled at a site near where you live? Local people can bring along any broken or unwanted leads, cables or electrical items large and small to their local Household Re-use and Recycling Centre. If you live in Hounslow borough you can also take them along to a local WEEE recycling bank. Electrical and electronic items are ones that have batteries, a power plug or a charger linked to mains electricity or a renewable power source. This includes every day appliances such as an electric toothbrush, iron, kettle, microwave, washing machine, lawnmower and many more!