WEEE banks set to boost electrical appliance recycling

GOING FOR A WEEE: Carmarthenshire county councillor Colin Evans gets rid of an old DVD player at one of the new recycling banks for small electrical goods.

GOING FOR A WEEE: Carmarthenshire county councillor Colin Evans gets rid of an old DVD player at one of the new recycling banks for small electrical goods.

First published in Ammanford news

NEW recycling banks for unwanted or broken small electrical appliances have been introduced in Ammanford and the Towy Valley.

The move comes as Carmarethenshire county council, in conjunction with DHL Envirosolutions, looks to encourage people to recycle their appliances.

The banks are two of four new WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) facilities introduced around the county.

The banks are located at Penybanc Road carpark in Ammanford and near the bus stop Pont Melinddwr in Llansawel. Other banks have been introduced in St Clears and Burry Port.

County residents are able to take small electronic and electrical items such as hairdryers, radios, toasters, kettles and mobile phones; in fact any electrical item that can fit inside the bin will be accepted, recycled and turned into something new.

Executive Board member for Technical Services Cllr Colin Evans said: “Everyone knows that you can recycle paper, cans and glass, but few people realise that old electrical items such as toasters and power tools can also be recycled.

“It’s important that we recycle as much of our waste as possible.

“We are working hard to improve recycling rates in Carmarthenshire and these new banks will make it much easier for people to recycle and help us achieve our targets.”

Last year the county recycled around 54% of its rubbish but must achieve a target of 58% by 2015/16 rising to 70% by 2025. Failure to reach the Welsh Government targets could result in large financial penalties.

The WEEE banks are not able to accept large electrical items such as televisions or fridges. Residents can either take these items to their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or arrange for a bulky waste collection for a small charge.

If you have a washing machine, cooker or tumble dryer and dishwasher to get rid of, Gwyn i Wyrdd will collect it for free.

Gwyn i Wyrdd is a reuse and repair scheme for white goods appliances. Visit www.gwyniwyrdd.co.uk

Other WEEE banks are located at Werddu, Ammanford, and Llangadog.

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5:43pm Wed 28 May 14

EEESafe says...

Good to see Gywn I Wyrdd getting a mention as an EEESafe Centre, that helps prevent Electrical Waste and keep it in the community.

Would love to see more Centres at local levels to get engaged in Community Development. Then we can less of these WEEE Banks, which actually fund jobs elsewhere. EEESafe is now working with Housing Associations to train tenants to do repair, and run their own EEESafe Centres. If we stop running around on Vans, it will all get better for the locals, the environment and create jobs instead of having big vans take away the goods to other parts of the country. After all the Welsh Government have a Towards Zero Waste Strategy, so lets stop putting it in the bins and start learning to repair. We encourage people to visit our site and donate their old Large Appliances and Purchase the new ones with our Retail Partners who won't remove the old appliance, leaving it to help those who can't afford a new one. Please consider ethical purchasing and help us get the Wales We Want. Also join the National Appliance Safety Register and reduce your homes from having a fire risk. It's FREE and helps the community.
Good to see Gywn I Wyrdd getting a mention as an EEESafe Centre, that helps prevent Electrical Waste and keep it in the community. Would love to see more Centres at local levels to get engaged in Community Development. Then we can less of these WEEE Banks, which actually fund jobs elsewhere. EEESafe is now working with Housing Associations to train tenants to do repair, and run their own EEESafe Centres. If we stop running around on Vans, it will all get better for the locals, the environment and create jobs instead of having big vans take away the goods to other parts of the country. After all the Welsh Government have a Towards Zero Waste Strategy, so lets stop putting it in the bins and start learning to repair. We encourage people to visit our site and donate their old Large Appliances and Purchase the new ones with our Retail Partners who won't remove the old appliance, leaving it to help those who can't afford a new one. Please consider ethical purchasing and help us get the Wales We Want. Also join the National Appliance Safety Register and reduce your homes from having a fire risk. It's FREE and helps the community. EEESafe
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