Irons, kettles and toasters are just some of the items people in Enderby and elsewhere in Blaby district will be able to recycle on their doorstep through the Council’s new electrical waste collection starting in January.
The service – being launched in partnership with mental health charity Mind – will allow households to recycle a wide range of electrical appliances with their fortnightly recycling collections.
Vacuum cleaners, laptops, printers, radios and lots more can be put in the Mind textile collection bags which will be picked up every two weeks from January. The items will be taken and tested and any that work will be sold through Mind’s shops raising vital funds for the charity. Any waste goods will be broken down and recycled.
Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for regulatory and neighbourhood services said:
“People in Blaby are already fantastic at recycling and we want to make it as easy as possible for them by continuing to expand the range of items they can recycle on their doorstep.”
Residents are asked not to put any electrical goods in their recycling boxes. Any larger items or appliances that might damage textiles can be left out to be collected with the Mind bag tied around them.
Large household appliances such as washing machines, cookers and fridges cannot be recycled through the scheme.
In April 2011 the Council expanded its plastic and can recycling scheme introducing a wide range of new items that could be recycled and more than 2,500 households ordered extra bins as a result.
Last year 47 tonnes of textiles were collected in partnership with Mind and increased demand has meant the Council is now able to offer a fortnightly service.
Ruth Boullin, regional manager for Mind in the East Midlands said:
“We have a successful history of working with the Council to offer services people value and need and that also benefit the environment and we want to continue that by developing new schemes like this.”
Electrical Items that can be collected through the new scheme:
- Sandwich makers
- Deep fat fryers
- Electric knives
- Hair dryers
- Electric toothbrushes
- Alarm Clocks
- Vacuum cleaners
- Sewing machines
- Personal computers/laptops/notebooks
- Telephones/answering machines
- Video cameras
- Video recorders
- Portable televisions
- Small electric power tools
- Electric toys, eg x-box, ps3, hand held games
- Small microwaves
- Electric fans
Items that cannot be collected:
- Washing machines
- Tumble dryers