23 May 2013

Brighton Gig brings Musical Edge to Electronics Recycling

An event to raise awareness of the importance of recycling electronic goods among a younger age group is heading to Brighton.  The Make Noise gig, in association with the European Recycling Platform (ERP) and Heavenly Records, will take place at Life, Kings Road Arches, on 16 May 2013 from 11pm to 4am.

Headline acts, including two of America’s cutting edge electronic music talents, Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar, will join forces for a special Jets DJ set between 11pm – 4am. Entry is free with the proviso that attendees bring along an unwanted, hand-held, electronic item to recycle; anything with a plug or battery such as a broken hairdryer or i-pod, an old phone or laptop or even a handful of old batteries will qualify.

The Make Noise event is part of a country-wide tour that has already staged gigs in other cities including Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds and London. Photographs of clubbers and their recycled items taken at previous gigs by Nic Serpell-Rand will be on show at the Fortune of War, 157 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, from 16 May – mid June 2013.

Any electrical item that’s powered by a battery or a plug is known in the recycling world as WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment). Brighton & Hove City Council coordinates more than 80 recycling points for small electronic household items, such as hairdryers, electric razors, kettles, DIY equipment and computers, across the city and some retailers and companies offer free recycling and take back schemes which include giving money back for old gadgets.  

Large WEEE items including fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers can be reused or recycled at the two Veolia Environmental Services household waste recycling sites - either at Old Shoreham Road, Hove, or Wilson Avenue, Brighton - or through retailer take back schemes.

Chair of BHCC’s Environment & Sustainability Committee, Pete West, says: “We’re all using an increasing number of electronic devices and not nearly enough are recycled when they break or we move on to the latest new thing. Younger people are particularly fond of their gadgets and these events are an ideal way of highlighting how and where to recycle them.

“Electricals contain valuable raw materials such as silver and components can often be used to make other items and ultimately this reduces waste.”

Nick Purser, communications manager at ERP UK, says: “The Make Noise gigs are a great opportunity to see some of the finest musical talent of the moment. It’s a real coup to have Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar play in Brighton as it will be a rare UK appearance for them.  We’re really looking forward to being in the city which we know has a thriving music scene and is a pretty switched on place in terms of sustainable issues.”

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Image to use with credit: Nic Serpell-Rand 

For more information on recycling electronic items in Brighton & Hove, see: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1235635