A chance to recycle your electrical goods

Bideford Amnesty day is offering residents and businesses the chance to recycle their unwanted electrical goods

BUSINESSES and residents in North Devon will be able to recycle their unused electrical goods free of charge in Bideford on Thursday.

The Electrical Waste Amnesty Day will be held at Bideford cattle market from 7.30am-2.30pm in an effort to help reduce landfill waste and fly-tipping.

The day is being organised by Torridge District Council, Tor Homes, local social enterprise company Pluss and metals recycling company SIMS in a bid to collect, sort and recycle waste electrical equipment.

Old toasters, kettles, televisions and computers are among the household appliances that can be collected on the day and there is also a free collection service for larger items such as washing machines or cookers.

Lesley Browne, Community Development worker at Tor Homes, explained: “As a social landlord we are aware that many of our residents will struggle to pay for bulky waste collection, which makes it difficult to dispose of unwanted items. Often, offers of help to take items to recycling centres from less reputable sources result in unsightly fly-tipping, which is costly to the council and to us.”

Businesses are also being urged to contact Pluss to arrange a free collection of their waste.

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Councillor Chris Leather, Torridge District Council Lead member for Waste and Recycling, said: “Almost anything that runs on batteries or has a plug will be accepted, the only exception being fridges, freezers and car batteries.”

“I would encourage every business in Bideford to get in touch to organise their free collection. I hope that all staff at the council get involved and suggest they ask their friends and families for any items that don’t need any more, so that can they can bring items in and get them recycled on their behalf.”

For more information and to arrange a collection, please contact Michael Crompton-Holgate at Pluss on 01803 520386 or email WEEE.recycleITright@pluss.org.uk

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