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Council unveils 15 new collection points in bid to increase local small electrical recycling

The Small Electricals Recycling Project, created by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council today unveils its plans for its new community small electrical recycling bins in Merthyr Tydfil.

The project has been unveiled today in the hope that 60,000 residents in the local community will get behind its drive to recycle their electricals. The Small Electricals Recycling Project will educate and inform residents of how to recycle small electrical items, and also provide community recycling bins for small electrical recycling in local flats and council buildings situated across the borough.

This is one of over 40 UK projects funded by Material Focus, the not for profit leading the Recycle Your Electricals campaign, who have provided £14,500 for Merthyr Tydfil’s Small Electricals Recycling Project.  The project will lead the way in Merthyr Tydfil, joining other projects around the country in making it easier for 10 million UK residents to recycle their electricals.

Residents will be made aware of how and where they can recycle their electricals through information on leaflets and on eye-catching posters featuring HypnoCat. Keep an eye out for HypnoCat, the Recycle Your Electricals mesmerising pink, fluffy mascot who is on a mission to hypnotise local residents into recycling their electricals. In addition QR codes will be clearly displayed on each bin, allowing residents to book a collection when ready.

The aim of the nationwide Electricals Recycling Fund is to significantly reduce e-waste and its environmental impact by making it easier for consumers to recycle their electricals. The projects that have been funded by Material Focus include a variety of recycling methods, from kerbside collections to more drop-off points in schools, community centres, and bring banks. Overall there will be over 400 new collection points plus kerbside collections for 5.5 million UK residents.

Recycle Your Electricals research has shown that 80% of consumers believe recycling is a good thing, and many of us already recycle things like paper and plastic. Research has also shown that most of us have unwanted electricals we want to get rid of, even if it’s just a drawer of cables – millions of electrical items are hoarded in UK homes. And yet 39% of people bin electricals rather than recycle them say they think it’s simply too hard to recycle. The aim of these projects is to overcome these issues by making it easier to recycle electricals. 

Councillor David Hughes, Portfolio member for neighbourhood Services, “This is an excellent project for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, and provides further options for our residents to recycle. The monitoring and educational element of the campaign is a crucial way for us to inform householders of how to deal with their electrical and electronic waste in the most sustainable and environmentally friendly way.”

“We are pleased to support Merthyr Tydfil’s Small Electrical Recycling Project that addresses the pressing issue of e-waste.” said Scott Butler, Executive Director of Material Focus. “By investing in improved collection and drop-off services and exploring new recycling methods, we are taking a significant step towards creating a more sustainable future by making it easier for 10 million more people to recycle their electricals.”

To find your nearest recycling point search recycle your electricals