Recycling for small electrical appliances

From left, Paul Sellers, of the Electrical Recycling Company, Sara Goodhead,  waste strategy officer, and Nik Rowntree, deputy manager at B&Q at Hull Road, with the new electrical waste bank based there

From left, Paul Sellers, of the Electrical Recycling Company, Sara Goodhead, waste strategy officer, and Nik Rowntree, deputy manager at B&Q at Hull Road, with the new electrical waste bank based there

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PEOPLE in York can now get rid of broken toasters and hairdryers without sending them to landfill.

The Electrical Recycling Company and City of York Council have unveiled a specialist recycling bin for people to dispose of small electrical items - including mobile phones, DVD players, laptops, cameras and kitchen appliances.

Three bins, located in B & Q car park on Hull Road, the Designer Outlet, and the Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride.

Paul Sellers, Manager of the Electrical Recycling Company (ERC), which is part of the Yorwaste Group, said up to 80 percent of the small electrical appliances could be recycled. He added: “It is estimated that around 25% of small electrical appliances that either no longer work or are just unwanted are sitting in peoples’ cupboards or lofts.

“By using the new bring banks to recycle electrical items people will not only be able to clear space in their homes, they will also be helping the environment.”

Everything left in the banks will be taken to ERC’s plant at Hessay where it will be sorted, before being sent for final processing and recycling at a specialist facility in Liverpool.

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6:49pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

What an excellent idea as up to now I have little confidence in CYC's abilities to properly recycle anything. It is nearly impossible to find out just what they do with what they collect.
Recycling of failed kitchen items and misc electrical goods could well be popular and profitable!.
The current CYC Plastics (aka Polymer Recycling) leaflet advice doesnt differentiate between the various polymers so its unlikely that they maximize potential profits.
It would also be helpful if they also had a waste kitchen oils and fats recycle service which would help prevent Yorkshire Water's problems with blocking drains etc.
What an excellent idea as up to now I have little confidence in CYC's abilities to properly recycle anything. It is nearly impossible to find out just what they do with what they collect. Recycling of failed kitchen items and misc electrical goods could well be popular and profitable!. The current CYC Plastics (aka Polymer Recycling) leaflet advice doesnt differentiate between the various polymers so its unlikely that they maximize potential profits. It would also be helpful if they also had a waste kitchen oils and fats recycle service which would help prevent Yorkshire Water's problems with blocking drains etc. Older Sometimes Wiser
  • Score: 1

8:45pm Sat 2 Aug 14

AnotherPointofView says...

Presumably the first paragraph should read "WITHOUT sending goods to landfill"!
Presumably the first paragraph should read "WITHOUT sending goods to landfill"! AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 4

9:51pm Sat 2 Aug 14

bjb says...

What is the chance of the kettle fitting in either of the slots. Just leave them in your driveway on a night and they will be gone by morning.
What is the chance of the kettle fitting in either of the slots. Just leave them in your driveway on a night and they will be gone by morning. bjb
  • Score: 5

10:40pm Sat 2 Aug 14

imassey says...

So what happens to small electrical items that are taken to Towthorpe? You are asked to desperate them out and not put them n landfill skips. I'm more likely to do that than to go out of my way to take them to any of these locations.
So what happens to small electrical items that are taken to Towthorpe? You are asked to desperate them out and not put them n landfill skips. I'm more likely to do that than to go out of my way to take them to any of these locations. imassey
  • Score: 5

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