Special events held to take back residents' electricals

Last year, we successfully bid for funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills for a waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) takeback scheme.

We were the lead local authority in a partnership bid with Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council. Only 19 bids were successful and our partnership bid was awarded the second largest amount of £91,800 from a fund of £750,000.

With this funding, a series of 16 electrical reuse and recycling events were organised: ten in Hertfordshire, five in Cambridgeshire and one in Peterborough. Residents were encouraged to bring any household electrical goods with a plug or batteries.

We are working with WEEE Stop to see if these unwanted items are suitable for reuse. Those that are will be repaired, tested and donated to local Hertfordshire charities that provide electrical items at reduced prices to people on low incomes. The rest will be dismantled and recycled into new products.

At the first five events, 19 tonnes of unwanted electrical items were collected and the WasteAware team raised awareness of how important it is not to dispose of electrical items with normal household rubbish.

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