New recycling banks for old electrical items

Derbyshire Dales residents can now recycle small Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) at electricals recycling banks located in three District Council car parks.

Items accepted at the banks include small electrical appliances such as irons, kettles, hairdryers and fairy lights, small electrical devices such as mobile phones and smoke alarms and small DIY and garden electricals such as drills.

The new banks can be found at District Council car parks in Bakewell's Granby Road, Matlock's Lido car park in Imperial Road and in Canterbury Road, Wirksworth.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"If you see a crossed out wheelie bin sign on any electrical product it means it is classed as ‘WEEE’ and can't be recycled with household waste. However, recycling electrical items can have a huge impact because precious metals recycled from old electricals are used to make new components for technological equipment.

"On average each person in the UK buys around three new electrical items each year - that's 170 million nationally - but sadly every year an estimated two million tonnes of WEEE items are discarded. Thanks to our household recycling collections Dales residents already recycle 55% of all waste, which is the highest rate in the whole of Derbyshire. We hope the new WEEE banks will encourage more people to recycle electrical items too."

Small electrical items - and larger ones - can also be recycled at local Household Waste Recycling Centres at Northwood in Darley Dale, Mayfield Road, Ashbourne, and Waterswallows, Buxton.

Local people are asked to ensure that all personal data is removed from electrical devices before recycling them.

Derbyshire Dales District Council recycling advisor Chloe Lewis at one of the new recycling banks.

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