PEOPLE from across Staffordshire are being invited to recycle their old electrical goods to support a local charity and help boost recycling in the county.
Staffordshire County Council, along with FCC Environment, who operate the county’s Household Waste Recycling Centres and Katharine House Hospice are behind the latest initiative.
The ‘Adopt an Appliance’ campaign hopes to increase recycling rates across the county and wants people to donate their old unused, unwanted and broken electrical goods to their local Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).
Items brought to any of the county’s HWRCs that can be reused will be sent to the Katharine House Hospice Re-use Shop at the Cannock HWRC where the items would be tested and then sold on to the public. Stereos, televisions, DVD players, electric fires and kitchen equipment are amongst the items which will be available in the Re-use Shop. Any items brought in that are not suitable for reuse or beyond repair, will still be recycled.
Cllr Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for the Economy, Environment and Transport, said: “Every year thousands of unused and unwanted household electrical appliances get thrown away. Some of these unwanted goods are still in perfect working order and simply need a new home where someone will use them.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to recycle used goods and the new arrangements with the Katharine House Hospice Re-use Shop are helping us do this. This is good news for local people who want to donate their goods and even better news for those people wanting to buy reusable items. This also means that we are able to increase levels of recycling and reuse across Staffordshire, which are key priorities for us. Everyone’s a winner, so remember to recycle your old electrical items.”
Steve Bell, Development Manager Re-Use FCC Environment said: “Our aim is to capture reusable items being taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centres which means we can transform goods that would have been disposed of as waste into a valuable resource. This means we reduce the amount of valuable materials and products that end up in landfill, supporting a great local cause in the process.”
Richard Soulsby, Chief Executive of Katharine House Hospice added: “We are delighted to be part of this initiative with Stafford County Council and FCC Environment Ltd. The partnership project is good news both for our community and the environment. Diverting items from land fill to be resold in our Re-use shop, which is run in partnership with FCC, means that a share of the funds raised will help to provide our vital free care services at Katharine House Hospice in Stafford and in the surrounding area.”
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, Mattress and hard plastic recycling as well as Reuse.
The project is being funded by the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) as part of the Government’s drive to increase recycling rates across the country. For further information on the campaign or how to adopt an appliance visit http://www.adoptanappliance.co.uk .