Local schools compete to recycle more electrical items

Over 20 schools and 3,000 pupils across Shropshire are taking part in a competition to collect the most waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The initiative has been organised by Veolia Environmental Services in partnership with Shropshire Council and Arbitel Recycling.

Children and staff are invited to bring in their broken or unwanted electrical items, from home and help their school win prizes. The school which collects the highest weight of WEEE per head of student during a week period will win a prize of £500.

The items can be any size, battery powered by a cable or by batteries, such as laptops, mobile phones, kettles, toasters and will be collected via a designated large pink recycling bank.

Items will be collected and recycled by local company Arbitel Recycling, based in Shrewsbury.

The competition is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of recycling waste electrical items among young people and will help precious metals to be recovered and not ending up in landfill.

Councillor Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for waste management, said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Veolia and Arbitel to help local schools to recycle their electrical items.  I hope that this will inspire young people in Shropshire to reduce, re-use and recycle their electrical items and that this will help to raise awareness of environmental issues generally. “

For more information, on recycling WEEE in Shropshire visit Shropshire Council’s website .

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James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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