Hart council to launch kerbside collection of electricals – Basingstoke Gazette

HART District Council has unveiled its plans for the kerbside collection of small electricals. 

The service will begin to roll out on Monday, January 29, in the hope that all residents will get behind the drive to recycle their electricals.

The kerbside doorstep collections will make it easier for Hart residents to recycle small appliances with a plug, battery, or cable.

By offering this service Hart District Council can recycle thousands more small appliances, toys, and other electricals every year.

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This service will be available to all residents by Spring 2024 and once the service launches in their area, they can recycle small electricals by leaving them on top of their waste or recycling bin.

This is one of over 40 UK projects funded by Material Focus, the not-for-profit leading the Recycle Your Electricals campaign, which has provided £22,000 to support this project. 

Residents will be made aware of how and where they can recycle their electricals through information on leaflets and on eye-catching posters featuring HypnoCat, the Recycle Your Electricals mesmerising pink, fluffy mascot.

The aim of the nationwide Electricals Recycling Fund is to significantly reduce e-waste and its environmental impact by making it easier for consumers to recycle their electricals.

The projects that have been funded by Material Focus include a variety of recycling methods, from kerbside collections to more drop-off points in schools, community centres, and bring banks.

Overall, there will be more than 400 new collection points plus kerbside collections for 5.5m UK residents.

Hart District councillor Richard Quarterman, portfolio holder for corporate services, said: “Our residents are keen to increase the amount of recycling they can do as part of their household collections and we are pleased to now be able to offer this additional service, allowing broken electricals to become something new.

“As well as this service for broken or unusable products, we’d encourage everyone to look at options for those electricals still in good working order, such as donating them to allow them to continue to be used.”

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Scott Butler, executive director of Material Focus, said: “We are pleased to support this next phase in Hart District Council’s new kerbside collection that addresses the pressing issue of e-waste.

“By investing in improved collection and drop-off services and exploring new recycling methods, we are taking a significant step towards creating a more sustainable future by making it easier for 10 million more people to recycle their electricals.”

To find your nearest recycling point search here: recycleyourelectricals.org.uk.