Scheme is aiming to spark a recycling revolution

A NEW scheme is looking to spark a recycling revolution.

People in North Lincolnshire can now recycle toasters, kettles, hair dryers and other small electrical and electronic items at the kerbside.

Everyone who currently takes part in the blue and green box scheme will now also be able to recycle small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

To take part, place any small electrical items in a standard size carrier bag next to your blue and green kerbside recycling boxes on collection day.

The scheme is at no cost to taxpayers, as the recycling contractor who collects the waste, Palm Recycling Limited, has agreed to collect the additional items free of charge.

Before the pilot took place, collectively, residents were putting around 27 different types of WEEE items in their wheeled bins, which was then taken to landfill.

It is estimated a further 1,000-plus tonnes of WEEE a year can be diverted from landfill if more people recycle.

A North Lincolnshire Council spokesman said: “Electrical items can contain harmful chemicals including lead and mercury, and currently most of this ends up in landfill, where it can pollute the environment.

“The council already accepts small WEEE at its household recycling centres, yet last year saw just 490 tonnes deposited there.

“There’s huge potential for more to be recycled, and by giving more people the opportunity to recycle these items through their kerbside collection scheme, we are hopeful that we will see a significant drop in the amount that is sent to landfill, which in turn will help protect the environment.”