Electrical items are focus of Recycle Week

By on 22/06/2010 in Video News

Recycle your toasted toasters, ruined radios, loathed lamps and irreparable iPods! That's Birmingham City Council's message to citizens during Recycle Week 2010 (June 21-27).

The focus of this year's week is the recycling of electrical items and the council is encouraging people to donate their unwanted working items to the British Heart Foundation (BHF) charity.

Anyone having a clear out can hand in such appliances to one of over 90 British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical stores across the UK, including branches in Northfield and Erdington - helping the BHF raise vital funds in the process.

Alternatively they can pay a visit to any of the council's five Household Recycling Centres, from where they will be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way.

Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration said: “In modern society, our day-to-day lives are dominated by technology and electrical appliances - which means that such items make up a significant share of the waste we produce.

“It is absolutely essential that we do everything we can to recycle and responsibly dispose of electrical goods, and encourage worthwhile initiatives such as the one set up by the BHF to raise funds for their activities.

“I would urge anyone with an unwanted electrical item to resist the temptation to throw them in the bin or send them to landfill - other worthwhile options do exist.”

Sharon Lea, Strategic Director for Environment and Culture at Birmingham City Council, said: “Electrical items don't automatically have to go to landfill when they have reached the end of their life.

“Many are just thrown out because their owner has upgraded to a better appliance. In many instances they can be used by a second owner or repaired or reconditioned to make them useful again if they were broken.

“If we are to build on the work we have already done to make Birmingham green, we must look to recycle electrical items where possible.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. For more information on the BHF's electrical recycling initiative visit www.bhf.org.uk/recycle
2. For further details on Birmingham City Council's recycling service, visit: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/recycling
3. To find out more about Recycle Week 2010 nationally, visit: www.Recyclenow.com
4. Pictures supporting this story are available on Flickr. The pictures can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamnewsroom/sets/72157624200619737/
5. WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) is categorised into ten categories as follows:
 
1. Large household appliances
2. Small household appliances
3. IT and telecommunications equipment
4. Consumer equipment
5. Lighting equipment
6. Electrical and electronic tools (excepting large-scale stationary industrial tools)
7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment
8. Medical devices (excepting implanted and infected products)
9. Monitoring and control instruments
10. Automatic dispensers

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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