With the festive season well underway Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste contractors) are encouraging everyone to recycle their waste electrical and electronic items at the 12 Recycling Centres in Nottinghamshire. Recycling helps everyone, it is easy to do, protects the planet for future generations, and during December and January it even helps raise money for charity.
Every year an estimated 2 million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic (WEEE) items are discarded by householders and companies in the UK* To encourage residents to recycle these items, Veolia will donate £5 to the Chairman’s charity for every tonne of small domestic appliances taken to the 12 Recycling Centres throughout December and January. Veolia have even promised to donate an additional £500 bonus to the Motor Neurone Disease Association if the total reaches 500 tonnes by the end of January 2020.
WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. It includes everything from electric razors and toothbrushes to vacuums and phone chargers – pretty much every electrical or electronic item you find in your home with a plug or battery. Electrical items (including but not limited to those marked with a symbol of a wheeled bin with a cross through it) can be repaired or recycled – saving natural resources and the environment.
Most electrical waste consists of multiple materials, including glass, plastic, and metals including lead and mercury. This complex and potentially dangerous mix of components means that WEEE from Nottinghamshire households should always be recycled at the Recycling Centres and never put into the kerbside bins.
Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman, Councillor Kevin Rostance said: ‘This campaign will help us to collectively raise vital funds for Motor Neurone Disease Association. It would be fantastic if everyone could pledge to have a greener Christmas and reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible from their household waste. This will help us to recycle more for Nottinghamshire, and raise money for this very worthwhile cause.’
Richard Allen, Contract Logistics Manager at Veolia said: ‘In the run up to and after Christmas, we tend to look at purchasing new electrical items for our homes or as gifts for friends and family, so now is a great time for us all to recycle the unloved and unwanted items, which will raise money for this fantastic charity.’
Not sure what can be recycled at the Recycling Centres? Here you can find a list of common household waste items, whether they’re accepted and the container to look for. www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/recycling-and-disposing-of-waste/how-to-recycle-or-dispose-of-common-waste-items