East Northamptonshire council has announced that it will roll out a weekly kerbside collection of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) following a successful trial.
From Monday, 09 December, the approximate 90,000 residents in East Northamptonshire will be able to place small and handheld electrical items out for recycling alongside their regular collection on a weekly basis.
Collections are carried out by FCC Environment on behalf of the council, having won the collections contract in 2018 (see letsrecycle.com story).
Any small electrical items left out for collection will be placed in a specially designed cage attached to the waste trucks, but due to the cage size only small mixed WEEE can be accepted.
The move comes on the back of a trial the council ran from 23 September until the 1 December in Raunds, Northamptonshire, which has a population of around 8,500.
During this time, approximately one tonne of electrical items were collected and sent to a dedicated facility for sorting and recycling.
The council said this saw the material shredded, and metals removed by magnetic and electrical currents.
The plastics are then sorted into the different types by an eddy current separator, near infra-red and other technologies. The sorted material will then be sent for recycling.
Charlotte Tompkins, waste manager at East Northamptonshire council, said: “With Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to have a delve through your cupboards and dig out all those unwanted electrical items, including those broken toys and tangled up Christmas lights.
“Last year, our recycling facility received over two tonnes of Christmas lights which sadly couldn’t be recycled and had to be sent to landfill. We hope that the introduction of the WEEE scheme in East Northamptonshire will prevent the same scenario this year.
“We are always aiming to cut down the amount of waste that ends up in landfill and as such are delighted that the pilot scheme was such a success and we are able to roll WEEE collections out across the district.”
The council explained that based on the popularity of the scheme during the trial, the cage may become full and the collection crew might have to leave items, but residents are encouraged to place any items behind out for collection the following week.
The items which can be collected are:
• Hairdryers, hair straighteners, shavers, electric toothbrushes and kettles
• Kitchen appliances such as toasters, kettles, hand blenders
• DVD/CD Players, radios, MP3 players and remote controls
• Clocks, watches, calculators and torches
• Telephones (mobile and landline), cameras
• Small electrical DIY tools such as drills and electric screwdrivers
• Toys (for example, remote control car or drone)
• Battery chargers
• Christmas lights