Recycle a toaster, and you could win a cash prize


Posted on: 5 April 2016

Residents across Devon could win a cash prize by taking unwanted small electrical items to a recycling centre instead of throwing them away with their domestic waste.

At the last count just 30 per cent* of all ‘small’ electrical items in the UK are recycled.

Now four prize draws are being held in a bid to encourage people to recycle more small electric items like toasters and hairdryers.

It is hoped that the prize draw will encourage people to recycle their broken and unwanted small electricals by taking them to a recycling centre and not putting them in their bins at home.

The draws will take place on 11 April, 18 April, 25 April and 5 May – in each draw Devon and Torbay residents have the chance to win one cash prize of £200 and five cash prizes of £25.

The prizes are sponsored by the Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Industry’s Distributor Takeback Scheme.

Funding was awarded to a partnership of Devon County Council, Torbay Council and waste management companies SITA UK Ltd, Devon Waste Management, Tor2 and REPIC Ltd following a successful application.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon Country Council’s Cabinet Member for

Cllr Roger Croad

Cllr Roger Croad

Environment said: “Every year up to 70 per cent of all small electrical items are thrown into domestic waste.

“If everyone made a small effort and disposed of these items at recycling centres, we would see a big impact on recycling rates in Devon.

“By keeping WEEE separate from other waste it can be treated, the hazardous substances can be removed and a large amount of waste can be recycled rather than sent for disposal.

“We urge you not to not put your redundant equipment into the bin and recycle instead.”

To enter the draw and receive a scratch card you need to take small unwanted electrical items to a Devon or Torbay Household Waste Recycling Centre for recycling.

Scratch card holders need to enter the unique code on their scratch card at to be included in the draw.

As a general rule items that could be recycled include small handheld items that require a plug or batteries to use that can fit inside a carrier bag, such as:

• Small kitchen appliances (kettles, toasters, irons etc.)
• Hair dryers, hair straighteners & clippers
• Clocks, watches, calculators & torches
• Remote controls, laptops, mobile phones, cameras
• Radios, mini hi-fis, & CD & MP3 players
• Small electronic toys e.g. remote control cars
• Power tools, smoke detectors & thermostats
• E-cigarettes, chargers

The prize draws are one of four elements of a larger initiative to ensure that broken or unwanted electricals are reused, repaired and recycled.

Other elements include running Restart events across the county to repair electrical items, doorstep recycling collections of small electricals for households in Torbay and North Devon and WEEE (Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment) Amnesties in Schools.

Items exclude fluorescent tubes and bulbs, televisions, monitors and fridges

For more information about Restart events click here

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