Posts in Category: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Caerphilly County Borough Council - Schools Battery Recycling Initiative 

Initiative created to encourage pupils, staff and parents to prevent thousands of used batteries from going to landfill

Caerphilly County Borough Council has been at the forefront of battery recycling for several years and provides battery containers for the public at its six household recycling/civic amenity sites.

Schools across Caerphilly are all doing their bit to help the environment. In addition to the battery recycling scheme, they also recycle paper, food and are part of the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

In December 2011, Caerphilly County Borough Council launched a Schools Battery Recycling Initiative at Fochriw Primary School. The initiative was created to encourage pupils, staff and parents to prevent thousands of used batteries from going to landfill.  

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City and County of Swansea - Rebranding of the Bulky Waste Collection Service 

Bulky waste collections and reuse shop

The City & County of Swansea currently operate a bulky waste collection service which is available to all properties throughout the County. There is fee for using the service currently set at £17 for 1-3 items or £34 for 4-6 items. Residents on a means tested benefit receive the service at no charge.

The Authority also operate a re-use shop at the Baling Plant at Llansamlet where items received at any of the Authority’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) that are suitable for re-use are taken prepared for re-use and sold at competitive prices to the general public. The shop offers for sale furniture, bric-a-brac, and electrical items.

In a bid to boost the amount of furniture/electrical items that could be prepared for re-use and sold at the facility originating from the Bulky Waste Collection Service it was decided, in collaboration with Waste Awareness Wales, to rebrand the service to try to encourage residents to help identify and offer items that were being collected by the service for re-use rather than being dismantled for recycling or sent to landfill. Thus helping the Authority make progressive change in line with the principles of the waste hierarchy, ‘Resource Efficiency’ and Towards Zero Waste, resulting in an increase in the amount and range of materials diverted away from final disposal via landfill. 

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City and County of Swansea Small WEEE Reuse Trial  

Communication campaign to increase reuse

Following discussion between the Welsh Government and a number of smaller WEEE
treatment facilities (‘Accredited Authorised Treatment Facilities’ or ‘AATF’s’) during 2013, it is
considered that current local authority collection arrangements for small household WEEE do
not necessarily lend themselves to preparing WEEE for re-use.
The purpose of this trial is to demonstrate to local authorities the inherent value in collecting
WEEE in a source-segregated manner to prepare for re-use, or where this is not possible, to
break for spares and repair, or to manually dismantle to enhance the capture of critical raw
materials. 

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 Posted by Good Practice Wales
  09/01/2015   Categories: Reuse Sustainable Development Waste Awareness Wales Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
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