Recycle your WEEE with us
Our 12 week trial has now ended
Thank you to everyone who took part in our trial! Our 12 week electrical recycling scheme has now ended. Please do not bring your unwanted electrical items to our shops. You can still recycle your electrical items by using other schemes and you find these using the Recycle Now Recycling Locator.
Over the coming weeks, we will be analysing the project data to evaluate the effectiveness of the scheme. We will compile a short report which will summarise how much we were able to reuse and recycle and how this benefited the environment. The report will be made availble on this website, so please check back regularly!
What did we do?
We carried out a 12 week trial (6th Nov 2017 - 28th Jan 2018) to allow members of the public to drop off their unwanted small electrical items at one of our 12 volunteer local convenience stores/newsagents so that they can be collected and sent for repair or recycling. By offering convenient, local drop off points that are closer to the community, we hope to reduce the amount of WEEE going to landfill. The service was entirely FREE and was to test whether this alternative route for recovering WEEE items will increase WEEE repair and recycling rates.
Why recycle electricals?
Unwanted electrical equipment or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is the UKs fastest growing type of waste. The good news is, electrical items can be repaired or recycled – saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.
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We'll post updates on how much we've collected, what we have been able to do with the items and hints and tips for reducing electrical waste.