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Flintshire residents urged to recycle small electrical goods

A NEW recycling scheme to prevent thousands of small electrical appliances from being dumped at landfill sites has been launched in Flintshire.

The county council, which is the first authority in Wales to introduce such a scheme, has teamed up with environmental company Strateco to trial a number of Electrobanks around the county.

The drop-off points are designed for householders to deposit various small electrical items including toasters, kettles, power tools, mobile phones and computer items.

The Electrobanks are located at Tesco in Mold, Tesco in Holywell and Broughton Shopping Park.

Cllr Nancy Matthews, the council’s executive member for waste management, is enthusiastic about the project.

She said: “The people of Flintshire strongly support recycling and we are pleased to be leading the way with the Electrobank pilot scheme.

“In the past society has been so accustomed to simply throwing away unwanted electrical items, and now this initiative can show the way for a more imaginative approach to resource use.

“Items deposited in the Electrobanks and sent for re-use or recycling will avoid the costs of landfill, save resources, protect the environment and support local jobs – everyone wins.”

Strateco managing director David Burton said: “We are delighted that Flintshire is participating in this important pilot scheme and we want people who currently recycle their papers, bottles and cans through recycling banks to use the new Electrobanks for the recycling of small electrical appliances.

“These items will be checked for possible re-use, with any IT having data securely removed beforehand.

“And anything not suitable for re-use will be recycled.”