An innovative Essex scheme to repair, recycle and reuse small waste electrical items has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
The scheme, which launched last year, has collected around 6,000 small electrical items. Nearly three tonnes of the appliances collected were passed on to new owners and a further eight tonnes safely and properly recycled.
Now it has been shortlisted in the Local Authority Innovation category of this year’s National Recycling Awards.
The scheme created convenient drop-off points at local libraries where residents could safely leave waste electrical and electronic equipment. Working and repairable items were collected by Wivenhoe Repair Reuse Recycle CIC and later sold to low income families while broken items beyond repair were taken for recycling.
Ian Doyle, Head of Integrated Waste Management, said: “We are delighted to learn that this scheme has been shortlisted for a National Recycling Award.
“We have worked closely with partners in city, borough and district councils and local reuse organisations including Wivenhoe Repair Reuse Recycle CIC and TREE. We believe this scheme could provide a blueprint for future collaborations which will help reduce waste and improve recycling rates in Essex.”
The winners of the awards will be announced at a gala award presentation taking place in London on 28 June.
The small electrical bins are still in place and small appliances including mobile phones, toasters, irons, radios and all leads, cables and chargers can be dropped off. Any electrical item small enough to fit in a carrier bag can be recycled by leaving them at one of these drop-off points.