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Time to embrace recycling in Hertford

PUBLISHED: 12:01 27 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:28 20 February 2013

Time to embrace recycling in Hertford

Time to embrace recycling in Hertford

Businesses and residents in Hertfordshire are being urged to recycle their broken electronics at a three-day event being held at County Hall in Hertford.

Businesses and residents in Hertfordshire are being urged to recycle their broken electronics at a three-day event being held at County Hall in Hertford.


The recycling event takes place on June 8, 9 and 10, 2011. 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 by European Recycling Platform (ERP), Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (HWP) as part of a drive to increase the amount of electronic waste that is recycled.


Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. More than one million tonnes of electronic goods are sold every year, but only around a third is recycled.


The materials used to make electronic goods are valuable and can be used to make new products. Recycling protects the environment and stops e-waste going to landfill. For example, the plastic from a computer keyboard could end up in a new musical instrument. The gold from a mobile phone could be made into jewellery. And an iron contains enough steel to produce 13 steel cans.


Tim Hutchings, Chief Executive, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry, says, 'This is a great opportunity for individuals and businesses alike to do good for the community whilst disposing of obsolete and unwanted electrical goods.'


Derrick Ashley, Executive Member for Waste and Chairman of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnershipadds, 'We are pleased to be involved in this partnership event which offers residents and businesses a simple solution for recycling their electronic waste. I hope people will use this opportunity to have a clear out and put their damaged electrical products to good use, while helping to protect our environment at the same time.'


Scott Butler, Managing Director of European Recycling Platform, comments, 'Plenty of people have a broken computer gathering dust in their office, an old printer cluttering up the cupboard or an unwanted mobile lurking in a drawer. Well, now you can be free of it and benefit the environment at the same time. Bring anything with a battery or a plug on it and it will be recycled.'


All electrical waste collected will be recycled, including computers, monitors, mobile phones, video players, games consoles, microwaves, dishwashers, fridges, ovens, battery operated toys, power tools, electric kettles, televisions, electric heaters, radios, MP3 players, fluorescent and low energy light bulbs. All electrical waste will be treated within the UK. Recycling and disposal services are provided courtesy of Apple.


KEY FACTS ON E-WASTE



  • Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.

  • Over 1 million tonnes of electronic goods are sold every year, nearly 20kg per person.

  • In 2010, over 466,000 tonnes of e-waste was collected and recycled, around 38% by weight of the EEE sold. The rest ended up in landfill or is still in peoples homes.

  • On average, each person in the UK recycled 7.5kg of e-waste in 2010.


Visit http://www.erp-recycling.co.uk/ to find out more about these free electronic recycling days.

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