Residents will be able to bring their old, unwanted and broken electrical items for recycling to a series of collection events due to be held in the East Riding in October.
Waste and recycling officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council will be visiting towns and villages to collect residents’ small electrical items – including kettles, toasters, radios and power tools – so they can be sent for recycling and reuse.
The electrical goods amnesty events will start in the Brough and Hessle areas on Monday, October 7, and will continue on to the Holderness, Bridlington and Goole areas.
The events are being held to encourage residents not to place electrical items in their bins at home.
Each year thousands of electrical items are found in the waste collected from residents’ blue and green bins – but they can’t be recycled that way.
Instead, they can be taken along to the collection events or to any of the East Riding’s 10 household waste recycling sites, which are open every day from 10am to 5pm.
Previous amnesty events held in April and May this year, and in September last year, collected a total of 2.5 tonnes of small electrical items.
That is the equivalent in weight of two Ford Fiestas!
Items which can be brought along for collection – no larger than a microwave – include:
Toasters, kettles, irons, food mixers, blenders, sandwich makers, coffee machines, hairdryers, hair straighteners, electric toothbrushes, electric razors, mobile phones, laptops, desktop computers, printers, radios, game consoles, DVD players, chargers, speakers, remote control toys, table lamps, electric fans, electric heaters, and power tools including drills.
Most of the electrical items donated will be taken to local household waste recycling sites, where they can be sent for recycling.
But if they are still in good working order they could be donated for resale to the Dove House charity Reuse Shop at the Humberfield household waste recycling site at Hessle.
Councillor Chris Matthews, the council’s portfolio holder for strategic management, said: “The electrical amnesty events we’ve held previously have been very popular and have even resulted in a 15% increase in the amount of electrical items taken to our household waste recycling sites.
“That’s equivalent to 10 tonnes of electrical items collected each month, which is a fantastic result.”
For more information about recycling and the blue, green and brown bins please visit the websitewww.eastriding.gov.uk/bins
The amnesty events will be held on the following dates … just look for the council recycling van:
Tuesday 15 October:
10.30-11am Flamborough Library car park
11.30-12noon Bridlington, Palace Car Park, Quay Road
12.15-12.45pm Bridlington, Jameson Road
1.45-2.15pm Beeford, Tiger Inn pub layby