The Recycle Your Electricals campaign has been launched to urge West Lothian residents into recycling their electrical goods.
The campaign has been launched as small old electricals are one of the fastest growing waste streams in the UK and in the world.
West Lothian Council is keen to encourage recycling of household items big and small from hairdryers up to fridges and freezers, and has welcomed the new nationwide initiative.
It comes as startling new figures reveal how much electrical equipment is thrown away by British households, and how much lies broken and unused in cupboards in homes around the country.
● 500,000 tonnes of waste electricals are being lost through being thrown away in the UK.
● The total number of cables hoarded in UK homes (140 million) could circle the earth more than five times.
● UK householders are hoarding 527 million small electricals items HypnoCat will be issuing a series of rallying calls to local people including: ‘Humans of Scotland. You will not bin your electricals’.
West Lothian’s Executive councillor for the environment Tom Conn said: “We are delighted that West Lothian is one of the first areas in the UK to be part of the Recycle Your Electricals campaign.
“Local residents can recycle electrical goods at any of our five centres around West Lothian. For more details, please visit: https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/local-recycling-centres
“We have joined this campaign to make sure that we further promote the importance of recycling electricals to more of our residents.”
Scott Butler, Material Focus, executive director, said: “Small old electricals are one of the fastest growing waste streams, and we are throwing away valuable materials that are lost forever.
“In reality, these small old, unwanted electricals contain 75 per cent of materials that can be recycled or reused such as precious materials like gold, aluminium and steel. We want everyone to know that all old electricals – that’s everything with a plug, battery or cable – can be recycled.
“We are delighted to be working with West Lothian Council and are calling residents to stop throwing away their old electricals, and instead put them in a bag ready to be recycled and take them to your nearest recycling centre.”
A survey revealed that almost a third of households keep hold of old electricals in case they want to use them again.
Other domestic hoarding habits revealed that: ● Over a half of a million households have got five to 10 games consoles in their homes against a UK average of less than one per home
● Ever sat on the remote control? You’re not the only one; over 3 million homes are sitting on 5-15 of them, compared to a UK average of two per house
● One of the items we are holding onto longest are old unused speakers, with almost 2 million households keeping them for over a decade
● 5.8 million households (21%) are holding onto VHS players
● Similarly, cassette players are still being held on to in 4.7 million (17%) of homes.
The Recycle Your Electricals Campaign is making recycling small old electricals easier than ever before by launching an information hub for the UK. A new postcode finder has launched on www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk with details of over 2000 recycling, repair and reuse points across the UK with new collection and drop-off points will be added to the site on an ongoing basis.