Haringey Council has announced that it will launch a new small electrical recycling doorstep collection service across the borough. The service will begin on 14th February and aims to encourage tens of thousands of residents in the local community to recycle their electrical items. In addition to the household collections, the council will introduce small electrical recycling banks in four estates across the Haringey borough.
This initiative is part of the Recycle Your Electricals campaign led by Material Focus, a non-profit organisation that has funded over 40 UK projects. Material Focus has provided £80,000 to fund the new household collections. By making it easier for 10 million UK residents to recycle their electricals, Haringey will lead the way locally and join other projects around the country.
The services have been created in partnership with Veolia to make the recycling process quick and easy; residents can book a collection via Haringey’s dedicated website or phone to confirm a collection slot via the Veolia Contact Centre and then bag up their small electricals for collection. Alternatively, locals can take their recycling to the new bring banks, which will be situated across the borough, making recycling more easily accessible for all Haringey residents.
Residents will be informed of how and where they can recycle their electricals through information on leaflets and eye-catching posters featuring HypnoCat. Keep an eye out for HypnoCat, the Recycle Your Electricals mesmerising pink, fluffy mascot, who is on a mission to hypnotise residents into recycling their electricals.
Paul Peters, Senior Contracts Manager at Veolia Haringey, said: “This is a great opportunity for residents to easily recycle some of their household items that cannot go in the regular recycling bin. Previous small-scale trials we have undertaken have demonstrated an appetite from residents to recycle their small electrical items, so we are confident that this borough-wide scheme will be a big success.”
The Nationwide Electricals Recycling Fund aims to significantly reduce e-waste and its environmental impact by making it easier for consumers to recycle their electricals. The projects that Material Focus has funded 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 over 400 new collection points plus kerbside collections for 5.5 million UK residents.
“We are pleased to support Haringey’s household and bring bank collection services for small electrical items that address the pressing issue of e-waste,” said Scott Butler, Executive Director of Material Focus. “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.”