Wednesday, 28 August 2013


Residents can now recycle electrical items thanks to a new bank for waste electrical and electronic equipment that has been added to the large recycling zone alongside West Park Leisure Centre car park in Long Eaton. 

Erewash Borough Council has installed the new bank – known as a WEEE bank - to make it easier for people to recycle unwanted or worn out small items that either plug in or use batteries. Electrical items suitable to be placed in the bank are hand held items which include:

 kettles, toasters, blenders, mixers etc
 hairdryers, straighteners or curling tongs
 cameras or photographic equipment
 music equipment , including radios and MP3 players
 lamps, heaters or small electrical fans
 small laptops, tablets or games consoles
 electrical toys, such as remote controlled cars
 mobile phones

Items put into the WEEE bank are sent to be processed and recycled into new products. 

Councillor Barbara Harrison, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for the Environment, says:

“We are committed to all forms of recycling and a key part of this is to make it easier for residents to recycle their waste and unwanted items. This new WEEE bank is already proving popular with local people who are delighted that small electrical items can now be recycled more easily. I would stress, however, that this is for small items only and large electrical equipment must not be left at the site.”

Large electrical items, such as televisions, vacuum cleaners and microwaves should continue to be taken to the local Household Waste Recycling Centre on Manners Industrial Estate in Ilkeston or a bulk collection can be arranged by calling the council on  0115 907 2244. 

The council hopes to provide more recycling banks for waste electrical items at other sites across the borough later this year.