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Thousands back electrics recycling – 22 Feb 2012

Merseyside residents have got a last chance to swap their unusable electrical appliances and gadgets for free reusable bags.

More than two-and-a-half thousand visitors to Merseyside’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) have so far taken up the month-long offer of heavy-duty waste recycling bags, but the special deal – which gives visitors a bag in exchange for broken or unused small electrical and electronic waste items brought to a Recycling Centre – ends on Wednesday, 29th February.

The bags are now only available in the following Recycling Centres:

Sefton Meadows

Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “The offer has proved really popular and if you want to get a recycling bag you need to move fast by getting down to one of these local recycling centres with a broken or unused electrical item before next Wednesday.“

The bags are available in exchange for broken or unused small electrical and electronic waste items brought to a Recycling Centre. Items can include hairdryers, hair straighteners, children’s electronic toys, radios, DVD players, mobile phones, kettles, toasters, power tools – almost anything with a plug or that uses batteries.

All 14 of Merseyside’s Recycling Centres will accept small electrical items which are not currently collected via doorstep recycling bin collections. Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) – which is managing the scheme – wants to raise awareness of its electrical appliance recycling service in a bid to avoid precious metals going to landfill.

Many electrical items such as mobile phones, computers and PDA’s contain valuable plastics and metals. Precious finite metals (those that have a more limited supply) include gold, silver, copper and indium (used in liquid crystal displays). These are valuable in the recycling process and can be reused in new products.

The bag giveaway scheme is being delivered by MRWA’s contractor Veolia Environmental Services.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “The response so far shows the real appetite for recycling habits to be rewarded but there’s still time to take advantage of it.”

Bag supplies are limited so are being issued on a first-come-first-served basis while stocks last.


Notes to editor:


Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) facts:

• On average, each person in the UK buys 2.8 new electrical items a year*
• Over 27 million mobile phones were sold in the UK over the past year which is equal to nearly 3,500 tonnes of electrical waste*
• In the past year, nearly 173 million electrical items were sold in the UK*

*Sales data from GfK Marketing Services

What exactly can you recycle? Below are the four main categories of small electrical items that can be recycled:
High-tech electronic devices – can include phones, mobile phones, remote controls, chargers, radios, VCRs, digi-boxes, speakers, hi-fi units, electronic toys.

Personal care – can include hairdryers, hair straighteners, electric toothbrushes, hair trimmers, shavers, hair curlers, facial saunas, power showers.
Small kitchen appliances – can include kettles, toasters, irons, blenders, smoothie makers, sandwich toasters, coffee machines, food processors, bread makers, electric scales.

DIY and garden electrical – can include drills, power tools, garden s