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WasteAware are offering free collections of working or broken electronics (anything with a plug or battery) from all Hertfordshire schools, between 15 and 19 October 2018.

If you opt to include items from parents by 15 September, your school will be entered into a prize draw for a £1,000 Herts Fullstop voucher.

Update - we've simplified the process:

  • You don't need to specify what items need to be collected at the point of registering.
  • Now only 6 categories to choose from.
  • You can update your application up until 30 September 2018.
  • We'll collect a minimum of 5 items. Parents' items will count towards this.

Contact us if you have any questions.

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Get parents and pupils involved

We’ve been granted funding for these free collections in order to:

1. Raise awareness of the importance of recycling and reusing electricals

This is an opportunity to educate families about disposing of electrical equipment responsibly. It can link with topics in the National Curriculum - we'll provide assembly materials and lesson plans to use in the Autumn term.

2. Increase the recycling of household electricals

Household electricals are often left in cupboards, rather than reused or recycled.

When registering your school's interest, if you opt to include items from parents too, these will count towards your total. Opt to include parents by 15 September and you'll be entered into a prize draw for a £1,000 Herts Fullstop voucher. The winning school will be drawn by November 2018.

This shouldn’t create any extra admin or storage concerns for schools:

  • If you register by 15 September, we’ll provide a leaflet explaining the scheme, for pupils to share with their parents.
  • Parents can register online. They’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a refurbished iPad mini.
  • We’ll email participating parents to let them know the collection date and advising them to only bring items that fit in a carrier bag.
  • Parents will bring in items to a central point the day before the collection (or up until 8am on collection day) - similar to ‘Bag to School’ for textiles.


Items we'll collect

Anything with a plug or battery, such as:

  • Smart whiteboards
  • Mobile phones
  • Video players
  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Laptops
  • Projectors
  • Printers
  • Photocopiers
  • Cookers
  • Microwaves
  • Dishwashers
  • Battery-operated toys
  • Power tools
  • Electric kettles
  • Televisions
  • Electric heaters
  • Radios
  • Fridges and freezers.

We can't accept fluorescent tubes.


What to do with working electricals

We’ll send you stickers to attach to any unwanted electricals that still work. Our partners at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) will collect these separately, before our main collection, so they can be reused instead of recycled.

Please try to remove any data from items you donate for reuse. The BHF will PAT test them, wipe any data from them and give you a General Certificate of Wiping. Individual items are not tracked through this process.

The BHF will only collect reusable items from schools, not from parents. We’ll let parents know where they can donate their own items for reuse.


Data security

All waste electrical and electronic equipment collected for recycling will be treated and recycled in accordance with all legislative standards and industry guidance by SWEEEP Kuusakoski Ltd, a specialist processor based in Sittingbourne, Kent. As a precaution, we advise schools to remove data before discarding items.

You’ll be given a General Certificate of Destruction, which demonstrates the total weight from all schools that was recycled by SWEEEP Kuusakoski Ltd. Our new contractor, Recycling Lives, has advised us that it cannot provide an absolute guarantee of destruction as individual items are not tracked. If you require a BS EN 15713 certificate of Secure Destruction of Confidential Material for items containing sensitive data, please contact the Recycling Lives service (01772 665940), which has a £55.00 minimum collection charge.