The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive is beginning to expand its remit to the recycling of more and more electronic goods. How many kettles for example have you been through because they keep on failing and no-one will repair them! I’m on my third kettle in 3 years with one only lasting 3 days! Now I can take these useless items to my local council recycling centre. 🙂 And you should be able to too.
According to http://www.wasteonline.org ‘local authorities must have set up collection or take back schemes which allow users to return their waste products free of charge. Producers need to have financed these collection and disposal routes.’ It may be that my borough is ahead of the game because this quote is also on the wasteonline site;
‘ it appears that Producer Responsibility part of the directive will not be introduced in time. There has even been a suggestion that it may be as late as early 2008. The DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) is still in consultation with stakeholders, and has yet to make a definite announcement about start dates.’
But it is still worth your ringing up your local authority’s main switch board number and asking if they have started to recycle electrical products.
Wateonline.org has very interesting and useful info on the reuse or recycling of electronic goods.
Failing that you can use the relevant contact below;
Balcan Engineering Ltd
Lincolnshire LN10 6RW
01526 353 075
Manufacturers of lamp crushers providing an on-site lamp crushing and disposal service, and information about lamp disposal.
D C Disposable Lighting
Mr. Darren Coleman
54 Victoria Avenue
t 01375 371 631 f 01375 371 631
Working in the South East of England, in conjunction with Mercury Recycling Limited, and specialising in lamp disposal.
1 Folly Close
Herts WD7 8DR
020 8236 0108
Lampcare (UK) Recycling Ltd
Windlestone Manor, Windlestone
County Durham DL17 0NA
t 01388 721000 f 01388 722227
Lighting Industry Federation
207 Balham High Road
London SW17 7BQ
020 8675 5432
For details of professional collectors and recyclers of lighting.
Mercury Recycling Ltd
Canalside North, John Gilbert Way
Manchester M17 1DP
0161 877 0977
38 Maurice Gaymers Road
Gaymers Industrial Estate
Norfolk NR17 2QZ
01953 451 111
207 Balham High Road
London SW17 7BQ
Accreditation scheme for those who manage end-of-life gas discharge light sources.
Mobile phone and printer cartridges reuse/collection
Unit 14, Kingsland Trading Estate, St Philips Road, St Philips, Bristol, BS2 0JZ.
0845 3 100 200
Charity Organisation involved in raising vital funding for ActionAid development work in the third world, through the collection and recycling of empty IT consumables (Inkjet and toner cartridges) and mobile phones.
Against Breast Cancer
B363 Curie Avenue
harwell International Business Centre
Oxon OX11 0RA
Collects ink cartridges and mobile phones through post and collection systems
Crieff PH7 4DZ
0845 121 0674
Materials collected: cartridges – except Epson inkjet, toner cartridges and mobile phones
Proceeds go to three charities: See Ability, Andy Cole Children’s foundation, and Cardiac Risk In The Young.
CRUMP (Campaign To Recycle Unwanted Mobile Phones)
Child Advocacy International
75a London Road
Newcastle Under Lyme
3 Glensyl Way, Hawkins Lane Industrial Estate, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1LX
01283 516 259,
Mobile phone reuse/recycling group that facilitiates donations to nominated charities.
01708 684000 f 01708 684020
Return and recycling for charities of mobile phones through retail outlets.
Unit 14, Nonsuch Business Park, Kiln Lane, Epsom. KT17 1DY United Kingdom
01372 723 723
Remanufactures printer cartridges with proceeds supporting Macmillan Cancer Relief Charity
Oxfam Bring Bring Scheme
London WC1N 3BR
0870 752 0999
Scope Toner Donor Campaign
Scope Phone Recycling
0800 781 2600
UK Cartridge Recyclers Association (UKCRA)
19B School Road, Sale, Manchester M33 7XX,
t 01706 525050, f 01706 647440,
Trade association, members must have attained standards for toner cartridge recycling established by the association. Maintains list of companies which have reached and maintained these standards.
White goods & furniture – reuse/ disposal
Speke Hall Road, Speke, Liverpool L24 9HA
0151 448 1748
CREATE repairs and refurbishes household appliances, such as fridges, cookers and washing machines, and sells them at reasonable prices. CREATE exists to provide quality training and work for people who are at a disadvantage in the labour market.
Furniture Reuse Network
FRN Membership Office, The Old Drill Hall, 17A Vicarage Street North, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 4JS
01924 375 252
Has details of organisations that take furniture, white goods and household appliances.
The SOFA Project
48-54 West Street, St Philips, Bristol BS2 0BL
0117 954 357
Furniture and electronic equipment scheme across the west.
Local authorities collect white goods such as fridges and washing machines from households. However, if you require names of businesses please search the DTI directory.
Key Mood UK
Wolf Business Park, Alton Road, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire HR9 5NB
t 01989 566 288 f 01989 566 288
Deal with recycling electronic goods, CDs and cassette tapes.
Poly c. Reclaimer
50 Albert Avenue, Prestwich, Manchester, Lancashire M25 0LX
t 0900-619-1817 f 0800-619-1916
Recycles high performance plastic, like CDs.
t 0151 606 0456 f 0151 606 0427
Accept postal deliveries of CDs from householders
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