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Recycle your old electricals this Christmas

Dec 22, 2011
Recycle your old electricals this Christmas as north Londoners stop 1,180 tonnes of small electrical items going to waste in 2011.

Residents of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest have recycled over 1,180 tonnes of their unwanted small electrical items this year, using North London Waste Authority’s network of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) recycling facilities across the area - equivalent to recycling 147 double decker buses!

WEEE is one of the fastest growing sources of household waste in Europe, especially at Christmas, when small electrical items that have been replaced at Christmas such as kettles, remote controls, radios, games consoles, toasters and calculators end up being discarded with household waste due to their small size.

Most of this recycling currently takes place at large reuse and recycling centres across the north London area.  However a growing amount of this success is due to new bring banks bring installed across the region.  To make it easier for residents to recycle, 59 bring banks have been installed by the North London Waste Authority in conjunction with DHL Envirosolutions. To date, 25 tonnes have been recycled using these banks, equivalent to around 35 smart cars’ worth of equipment.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the NLWA, said:

“Residents have done a great job for the environment by recycling so much of their unwanted small electricals this year and I urge this to continue. By using your closest small electricals bank, natural resources are being saved and our environment being helped.”

Small electrical items deposited in the banks such your old iron or hair dryer, are taken to a treatment centre and shredded. Sorting equipment is then used to separate out the different resources such as copper, steel and plastics hidden inside. For example, a typical iron contains enough steel to make 13 food cans and a hair dryer contains enough plastic to make 40 yoghurt pots!

WEEE Bank opening dimensions are 52cm (20in) by 51cm (20.5in). Items that are too large to fit, such as TVs, washing machines and fridges must not be left next to the banks. These can instead be recycled at your closest Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Residents can find their closest small electricals bank and/or Reuse and Recycling Centre for larger electrical items by using Recycle for London postcode locator.