Don't forget to RECYCLE your electrical's this Xmas in #Southend
21st December 2011
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Switch on to electrical recycling

If you unwrap some new electronic presents this Christmas, don’t forget to recycle the previous ones.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and its recycling and waste contractor Cory Environmental, are urging residents to be sure to recycle old electrical goods.

Newly purchased electronic items such as game consoles and televisions often replace old ones.

Where possible the older ones can be re-used, or recycled at one of Southend’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) at Stock Road or Leigh Marshes.

Smaller electrical appliances can also be taken there - or to the new Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) bring bank, at Asda supermarket, North Shoebury Road, Shoeburyness.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, Councillor Tony Cox said: “Christmas can be a particularly wasteful time as we generate more rubbish than usual.

“With many electrical items given as presents, our old appliances, mobile phones and TVs can be left unwanted and unused.

“Electronic goods such as mobile phones and computers contain materials like plastics and metals and are broken up to extract their component parts during the recycling process.

“Recycling WEEE items is better for the environment and will help us reach our 60 per cent recycling target by 2015.”

Items powered by battery and/or mains (i.e. with a plug) are classed as WEEE, and can be separated for recycling.

Small appliances that can be deposited at the WEEE banks include:

  • mobile phones
  • kettles
  • toasters
  • electronic shavers
  • remote controls
  • hair dryers
  • electric toothbrushes
  • irons
  • clocks
  • radios
  • hair straighteners
  • telephones
  • torches
  • personal music players
  • Christmas lights
  • watches
  • calculators
  • cameras
  • smoke detectors

For details about the recycling schemes in Southend, visit:

Southend-on-Sea offers a weekly kerbside collection scheme of the following:

  • Recycling using pink recycling sacks 
  • Textiles and clothing using clear textile recycling sacks 
  • Unavoidable cooked and uncooked food waste using the blue food waste collection bin 
  • Refuse (landfill waste) using black refuse sacks 
  • Garden waste using the green bin (opt into scheme) 
  • Garden waste using pre-paid compostable sacks (opt into scheme)
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