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Don’t bin it – bring it!

Residents across Merseyside and Halton are being asked to ‘bring it’ rather than ‘bin it’ when they’re replacing or throwing out all old electrical appliances this Christmas and New Year.

On average, each person in the UK buys three new electrical items each year or 173 million nationally, and more than 1 million tonnes of electrical and electronic items are thrown away in the UK every year - often being sent to landfill every year.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and its contractors Veolia and SUEZ are urging residents to recycle all their electricals at their local Recycling Centre -  everything from kettles and toasters to TV’s and computers - and avoid putting them in your bin.

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “If you’ve got an electrical item that is broken or no longer used then drop it off at your local Recycling Centre. Instead of gathering dust and cluttering up your house it’ll be stripped down and the parts recycled.”

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Electrical items put into your residual bin can also effect the operation of our new Energy Waste Facility impacting on its ability to produce heat and energy.”

Jeff Sears, Director at Veolia, said: “If you put electrical items in either of your kerbside bins (waste or recycling) they will not be recycled. Bring them to any Merseyside or Halton Recycling Centre; they will be open as usual over the festive period, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.” 

Many electrical items such as mobile phones, consoles and tablets/computers also contain valuable materials. Precious finite metals (those that have a more limited supply) include gold, silver, copper and indium (used in liquid crystal displays). These are valuable in the recycling process and can be reused in new products.

It’s easy to check if an electrical item, toy or game is recyclable. Simply ask the following questions:

  • Does it have a plug?
  • Does it use batteries?
  • Does it need charging?
  • Does it have a picture of a crossed out wheelie bin on it?

YES?  Then take them to your local Recycling Centre.

*Remember for your peace of mind, to remove your personal data - It’s up to you to make sure your personal data has been removed from your electronic devices.

What can you recycle? 

  • High-tech electronic devices – can include phones, mobile phones, remote controls, chargers, radios, VCRs, digi-boxes, speakers, hi-fi units, electronic toys, laptops, tablets/computers.
  • Personal care – can include hairdryers, hair straighteners, electric toothbrushes, hair trimmers, shavers, hair curlers, facial saunas, power showers.
  • Small kitchen appliances – can include kettles, toasters, irons, blenders, smoothie makers, sandwich toasters, coffee machines, food processors, bread makers, electric scales.
  • DIY and garden electrical – can include drills, power tools, garden shears, strimmers, sanders, angle grinders, chainsaws, lawnmowers, garden sprinklers.

Where can you recycle electrical items? 

Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres:

  • Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead CH41 1EB 
  • Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge CH63 6JE 
  • West Kirby – Greenbank Road CH48 5HR