It is now even easier for residents in and around Woodbridge and Saxmundham to recycle their electronic waste.
Collection containers for small electrical and electronic appliances have been placed at the Market Place car park in Saxmundham, and the recycling centre behind the Deben Pool swimming pool in Station Road, Woodbridge.
The new facilities enable residents to deposit waste items such as hairdryers, kettles, toasters, electric clocks, irons, food mixers, DVD players, radios and small electrical hand tools and will be serviced by our partners, Suffolk Coastal Norse.
Households in the UK have an average of 25 electrical and electronic items and, currently, only 10% of them are recycled when they reach the end of their useful life. These items should not be placed in any of the wheeled bins that residents have at home, as they contain a mixture of materials, including metals that can be harmful if not disposed of correctly, but which are valuable if recycled.
Electrical items are one of the common contaminants found in the blue-lidded recycling wheeled bins, causing problems at the recycling sorting facility at Great Blakenham. The items also cause problems when they are placed in the grey-lidded residual bins, as the hazardous materials affect the quality of the ash residue which is a product of the incineration process at the Energy from Waste Plant.
Electrical and electronic waste can already be recycled at the County Council’s Household Waste and Recycling Centres at Leiston, Foxhall and Felixstowe.
Cllr Carol Poulter, cabinet member for the Green Environment, said: “We hope these electrical recycling points will make it more convenient for local residents to recycle small electrical and electronic items.
“The recovery of the potentially hazardous but valuable components that these electronic items contain is an added bonus of this recycling initiative which will help protect the local and global environments.
“Of course, if your unwanted electrical or electronic items are in good condition and full working order, consider offering them for reuse via local charity shops or an online reuse network, and help keep them out of the waste stream in the first place.”