18 December 2013

'Tis the season to recycle

If Santa brings you a new hairdryer, food processor, mobile phone or electrical drill for Christmas, don’t forget to recycle your old one!

Brighton & Hove City Council has 20 recycling collection points for small electrical items across the city where old and broken kettles, hair dryers, toasters, DIY tools and irons can be recycled.

The scheme is run by the council and Veolia Environmental Services, as part of a drive to encourage residents to reduce waste, and to recycle more.

Councillor Pete West, chair of the council’s Environment, Sustainability and Transport Committee said: “The average resident accumulates three new electrical items each year, and many of these are Christmas presents.

However, only one in five small electrical items gets recycled.

“With 20 bring sites across the city, residents can easily recycle their unwanted items and we hope to see the banks filling up by the new year.”

All small items, broken or usable, are accepted including toys, shavers, phones, DIY tools, mobile phones and kitchen appliances. They just need to be small enough to fit through the chute.

The sites can be found at:

Marine Cliffs Car Park, Rottingdean

Asda Marina

Whitehawk Family Centre

Leybourne Parade, Lower Bevendean

Withdean Stadium

Outside Hikers Rest P.H., Coldean Lane

Opposite 57 Ladies Mile Road, Patcham

Montpelier Crescent

Opposite The Glass Centre, 224-226 Portland Road

Goldstone Retail Park  

Kingswood Street

Little East Street (east of Brighton Town Hall)

Whitecross Street

Regent Street

The Level, Union Road

Tisbury Road - outside Hove Town Hall

Upper Rock Gardens

Wickes DIY, Davigdor Road (Lyon Close)

King Alfred Leisure Centre Car Park

Norfolk Square, Western Road. 

Electrical items can contain hazardous and toxic metals which can be damaging to the environment when thrown away.

Recycling these items helps preserve natural resources and protect the environment. Some electrical items also contain valuable raw materials such as silver while others can be used to make other items. For example - one iron contains enough steel to produce 13 steel cans!

Larger items can be taken to the council’s household waste recycling centres or collected using the bulky waste service featured on the council’s website.

For more information on recycling and reusing electrical items visit the council's website www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/cityclean