If you got that “all I ever wanted” electronic gadget or appliance in the New Year sales or your Christmas stocking, don’t throw the old one in the bin – it can be recycled.
You can recycle small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) such as kettles, irons, hair dryers, hair straighteners, toasters, alarm clock/radio, radios etc., at the following locations in Ipswich (as well as at the big recycling centres in Portman Walk and at Foxhall: Vinnicombe Court (Cambridge Drive, Stoke Park), the Woolpack pub (Tuddenham Road), Whitton and Gainsborough sports centres and Waitrose store (Crane Boulevard).
IBC portfolio-holder, said: "This is a time of year when many of us who have had new gadgets and appliances for Christmas will be wondering what to do with the old one. Every year across the country an estimated two million tonnes of WEEE items are discarded by householders and companies and that is a terrible waste. We can recycle most items that have a plug or a battery – everything from washing machines and microwave ovens to computers and televisions.”
Bigger items can be picked up for free from your doorstep by the Ipswich Furniture Project, on behalf of the Borough Council. Last year, they collected 4,371 items – that’s a cool 195 tonnes!
Ipswich Borough Council’s bid for funding from the WEEE Improvement Fund has been successful – with an award for £40,000 to expand the reuse and recycling of WEEE items in the town through promotional events and educational roadshows. The Council is also planning to provide more WEEE recycling points and drop-off events.