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Don’t bin it – bring it!

by Laura Johnston

Before you throw out any old electrical appliances that you may be getting rid of after Christmas or after a New Year clear out, choose to recycle them to do world some good!

On average, 173 million electrical items are bought in the UK each year with many ending up being thrown away and sent to landfill. In fact, more than one million tonnes of electric and electronic items are thrown away each year in the UK alone.

Did you know that a lot of electricals such as mobile phones, consoles, tablets and computers contain valuable materials which can be reused in new products?

So if you have any unwanted electric or electronic items, the message is to ‘bring it’ rather than ‘bin it’.

How do I know if something is recyclable?

You will know if you can recycle an item if it applies to any of these:

  • It has a plug
  • It uses batteries
  • It needs charging
  • It has a picture of a crossed out wheelie bin on it

Don’t forget to remove any personal data!

What electronics can be recycled?

  • High-tech devices including phones, remote controls, chargers, radios, VCRs, digi-boxes, speakers, hi-fi units, electronic toys, laptops, tablets and computers
  • Personal care items including hairdryers, hair straighteners, hair curlers, electric toys, hair trimmers, shavers, facial saunas, power showers
  • Small kitchen appliances including kettles, toasters, irons, blenders, smoothie makers, sandwich toasters, coffee machines, food processors, bread makers, electric scales
  • DIY and garden electricals including drills, power tools, garden shears, strimmers, sanders, angle grinders, chainsaws, lawnmowers, garden sprinklers

Where can I recycle my unwanted items?

Your local recycling centres:

Huyton – Wilson Road, Huyton L36 6AD

Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park L33 3AR