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Council pilots new kerbside collection for small electrical goods

Published on Wednesday, May 30, 2018

AROUND 2,000 Leicester homes are helping to trial a new service to recycle unwanted small electrical items and batteries at the kerbside.

Leicester City Council plans to introduce the new service across the city by early autumn, if the pilot scheme is a success.

Introduction of the new service will be paid for with cash from the national WEEE Local Project Fund following a successful bid by the city council.

Under the service being trialled in Leicester, people will be able to put out small electrical items and batteries alongside their black wheelie bins and these will be picked up as part of the regular weekly bin collection. Items must be small enough to fit in a standard-sized supermarket carrier bag and batteries must be presented in a separate bag too.

Orange recycling bags must not be used for electrical goods.

Larger electrical items – such as washing machines, microwave ovens, fridges or TVs – will not be collected as part of the regular kerbside collection. However, these will continue to be covered by the council’s existing bulky waste collection service.

Currently, around 350 to 400 tonnes of electrical items – excluding TVs and fridges – are deposited at the city’s recycling centres or collected by the bulky waste service each year.

An estimated 550 tonnes of small electrical equipment is incorrectly disposed of in black bins.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on environment and public health, said: “As a city, the amount of unwanted electrical goods we are throwing away still outweighs the amount that is being recycled and we need to tackle that.

“This new service will make it easy for people to recycle more of their waste electrical goods. Small items and batteries can be bagged and put out on normal bin collection days and Biffa will pick them up for recycling. It’s another way to make it easier for people to recycle more of their household waste.”

Almost 50 streets – covering parts of Eyres Monsell, Humberstone, Hamilton, Evington, Rushey Mead and Braunstone – will take part in the pilot scheme.

The award from the Distributor Takeback Scheme will also fund new work and storage space at the Loros Reuse Shop at Gypsum Close recycling centre. This will provide more space for donations of unwanted electrical goods that are still in good working order.

Around 20 tonnes of electrical goods are dropped-off for reuse at Gypsum Close in a typical year.

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