After a successful trial period, the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), along with DHL Envirosolutions and SWEEEP Kuusakoski, have agreed to extend the unique waste electrical and electronic (WEEE) collection that was offered to residents between April and June this year.
The service, which allowed north London residents to request a free collection for any broken or unwanted electrical items directly from within their homes, will now continue to be offered until the end of February 2013.
Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of the NLWA, said:
“Going into the trial we didn’t know how much demand there would be for a WEEE collection service, but we have been blown away by the demand so far and have received many positive comments from residents who have used it. I’m pleased NLWA and DHL have been able to extend this innovative service for north London residents. It is decreasing the amount of WEEE sent to landfill, helping to reduce the cost of disposing of north London’s waste, and creating a valuable resource out of the recycled metals and plastics that can be used to manufacture new goods.”
The service is designed to collect all WEEE items, including large or bulky items, directly from within residents’ homes, saving them the trouble of moving items to the kerbside. This service has proved to be a success with residents, and by providing hassle free collections the service reduces the occurrence of illegal scrap dealers intercepting items.
Between April and June the service collected over 100 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic items from 2,780 residents. In addition, key improvements have been made to the service during the extension of the trial period, including increased call centre capacity and partnerships with reuse organisations.
Residents can book a collection and find out more information about the free service by contacting 123 Recycle for Free on free phone number 0800 085 1050. When a booking is made, a collection date will be confirmed along with a morning or afternoon time slot.
This service is running in conjunction with the free business collection ‘123 Recycle for Free’ that offers businesses and organisations of all sizes a free collection of their unwanted electrical items.