For the second year running, businesses, residents, schools and colleges in Milton Keynes are being urged to recycle their broken or unwanted electronics at a one-day event at The National Bowl in Milton Keynes.
The recycling event takes place on Friday, June 6, from 8am to 3.30pm. All types of business and household electronic waste will be accepted for free and staff will be on hand to help with unloading.
The event is being hosted once again by the European Recycling Platform (ERP), supported by Milton Keynes Council and Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce, as part of a drive to increase the amount of electronic waste that is recycled.
Last year’s event recycled 7.8 tonnes of electronic waste and the event organisers are hoping that even more e-waste will be collected for recycling this year. All the electrical waste collected will be recycled and treated in the UK to recover the metals and plastics which they contain, and the recovered materials will be sent on to manufacturers and used to make new products.
Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. Over 1.1 million tonnes of electronic goods were sold in 2013, but only about 475,000 tonnes of e-waste were recycled. Recycling protects the environment and stops e-waste going to landfill. Currently, UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent of taking five million cars off the road!
Andy Hudson, the council’s Head of Environment and Waste, said: “The take up at our previous event was terrific and clearly demonstrates that if you make it very easy for people to recycle items such as old televisions, then they will respond.
“Residents can already recycle electronic waste free of charge at our three Community Recycling Centres, but this event will also help local businesses to recycle, especially smaller businesses that may not have regular collections of e-waste. I would encourage everyone to have a good clear-out and take full advantage of this day.”
Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are delighted to support this initiative once again. Events such as these ensures e-waste is disposed of using the appropriate processes and in a way that protects the environment. I would encourage our member businesses and staff to use this opportunity to recycle their unwanted electrical items.”
Scott Butler, ERP UK managing director, said: “ERP is proud to be involved with this great event once again. We hope as many people as possible in Milton Keynes will get involved and do their bit for the environment.”
KEY FACTS ON E-WASTE
. Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.
· Around 1.13 million tonnes of electronic goods were sold in 2013, and about 475,000 tonnes of e-waste was collected and recycled, roughly 42% by weight of the EEE sold.
· The rest ended up in landfill or is still in people’s homes.
Visit www.erp-recycling.co.uk to find out more about electronic recycling.