Every Christmas thousands of unwanted, damaged or broken household electrical appliances get thrown in the bin to make way for the new presents under the Christmas tree.
This year, a new campaign is calling on people to take their old televisions, DVD players, gaming consoles, stereo’s and grooming products to their nearest household waste recycling centre (HWRC) where the items will be recycled.
Once recycled, electrical items would be turned into other items and given a new lease of life. Any items that can be reused would be sent to the Reuse Shop at Cannock where the items would be tested and then sold on to the public.
Cllr Mark Winnington, cabinet member for the economy, environment and transport at Staffordshire County Council said, ‘It is at this time of year when we all tend to have a bit of a clear out, but this year we’re asking people not to throw away their old electrical items but to recycle them instead.
“It’s amazing what can be made from old electrical items, for example there’s enough steel in an iron to produce a dozen tin cans and there’s precious metals in old computers which can be used to make jewellery.
Increasing recycling here in Staffordshire remains a priority for us, it’s good for the environment, and for the planet and can save local tax payers money too. Everyone’s a winner with recycling, so remember to recycle your old electrical items this Christmas.”
Staffordshire has 14 HWRCs across the county where electrical goods can be recycled. Other recycling initiatives are available at each facility, including materials such as Carpet, mattresses and hard plastic recycling.
People can find out where their nearest HWRC is and find out what type of items can be recycled at www.recycleanappliance.co.uk.