Residents of Bury are urged to visit Castle Leisure Center on Friday to drop off their no longer working electrical appliances to breathe new life into them.
More than a third of UK households have at least one redundant small electrical appliance that can be recycled.
This equates to 245,688 small appliances that no longer work or whose owner does not know if they work in the Bury area alone.
International E-Waste Day falls on Friday, October 14, and the ‘Recycle Your Electrical Appliances’ challenge invites Bury residents to get involved.
He wants residents to declutter their homes of these end-of-life electrical appliances, wrap them up and bring them to the Bolton Street center for free recycling.
The harsh reality is that many small electrical appliances end up being piled up in homes and valuable materials are either wasted or thrown in the household waste bin and not recycled.
This year, International E-waste Day focuses on those small electrical devices that we no longer use but keep in drawers or cupboards under the slogan “Recycle everything, no matter how small”.
According to a UK study commissioned by Bury-based REPIC for International E-Waste Day, UK households keep more IT equipment than any other small device and gadget.
A staggering 11.7 million laptops that are definitely no longer working or whose owner doesn’t know if they are working and 9.2 million tablets, both featured in the top five most hoarded items at the premiere and in third place.
Headphones, USB sticks and kettles round out the top five hoarded items, which are not in working or known working condition.
These items all have the potential to be recycled and contain valuable materials such as gold, platinum, copper and other high value salvageable materials.
Residents are encouraged to look for small electrical appliances that no longer work or are no longer in use and take advantage of a temporary collection point that is set up for awareness day.
Staff from Emerge Recycle, a licensed waste hauler and registered charity, will host the free e-waste collection point from 9am.
Cllr Alan Quinn, Cabinet Member for Environment, Climate Change and Operations at the council, said: ‘If you are planning to visit our center or are passing by, we encourage every household to use this service. convenient and free. collection point and declutter at least one small unused or broken down electrical appliance.
“From our unwanted small electrical devices, specialists can recover plastic and metals like gold, copper, steel and aluminum, which can be used to make new products – bicycles and playgrounds. from children’s games to lifesaving equipment.
“It’s a very simple way for all of us to make a difference to our environment by reducing the demand for new raw materials.”
Items that can be recycled are:
• Small household appliances, such as kettles, irons, toasters, personal hygiene products such as toothbrushes and electric shavers, hair dryers and straighteners.
• Computer and telecommunications equipment such as PCs, laptops, mice, keyboards, printers/scanners and shredders.
• Consumer equipment, including radios, DVD players, hi-fi systems, musical instruments and cameras.
• Electric and electronic tools such as sewing machines, electric drills and screwdrivers and small electric gardening tools.
• Toys, leisure and sports equipment including video games, pedometers, computers and torches.
Items that will not be accepted are:
• Large household appliances, such as washing machines, electric heaters, cookers, televisions and refrigerators or freezers.
• Gas discharge lamps, fluorescent lighting and LED lighting.
• Loose batteries.
• Non-electrical accessories such as packaging, furniture, construction waste and general waste.
Do not forget to :
• Bring all items with their cables and plugs.
• If the batteries are removable, please remove them before disposal and recycle them separately.
• Remove all packaging and take items out of bags before depositing them.