Business is urged to support free electronic waste recycling day

Jun 02, 2014

Businesses can bring all types of electonic waste to the National Bowl on Friday (June 6) as part of a national campaign to increase the amount of electronic waste being recycled.

The collection, organised by the European Recycling Platform, is backed by Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce and Milton Keynes Council.

It takes place at the National Bowl’s North car park, off H7 Chaffron Way, between 8am and 3.30pm.

It is taking place in Milton Keynes for the second year – last year’s event recycled 7.8 tonnes of electronic waste.

All the electrical waste collected will be recycled and treated in the UK to recover the metals and plastics which they contain. The recovered materials will be sent on to manufacturers and used to make new products. 

Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. Over 1.1 million tonnes of electronic goods were sold in 2013 but only about 475,000 tonnes of e-waste were recycled.

Andy Hudson, the council’s head of environment and waste, said: “The take-up at our previous event was terrific and clearly demonstrates that if you make it very easy for people to recycle items, they will respond.

"This event will also help local businesses to recycle, especially smaller businesses that may not have regular collections of e-waste.”

Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce chief executive Paul Griffiths said: “Events such as these ensures e-waste is disposed of using the appropriate processes and reused in a way that protects the environment.

"I would encourage our member businesses and staff to use this opportunity to recycle their unwanted electrical items.”

ERP UK managing director Scott Butler said: “ERP is proud to be involved with this great event once again. We hope as many people as possible in Milton Keynes will get involved and do their bit for the environment.”

 
KEY FACTS ON E-WASTE
  • Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.
  • Around 1.13 million tonnes of electronic goods were sold in 2013, and about 475,000 tonnes of e-waste was collected and recycled, roughly 42% by weight of the EEE sold.
  • The rest ended up in landfill or is still in people’s homes.
Visit www.erp-recycling.co.uk to find out more about electronic recycling.  
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