Recycling and waste management company Biffa has diverted over 50 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from landfill through a new collection system with local authorities.
Under the scheme, residents put out small domestic WEEE in carrier bags alongside their normal refuse or recycling on collection days. The bags are picked up by the Biffa crews and put into under-body cages on the collection vehicles.
These are then collated by Biffa before going to MDJ Light Bros in the south or EMR in the north for processing.
The councils involved in the scheme are Woking, Surrey Heath, Swale Borough, Mole Valley and Stafford.
Biffa municipal division development director Pete Dickson said: “Compared to general recycling volumes, these tonnages may seem small, but they reflect the successful, and growing, diversion of a new domestic waste stream. This diversion means no landfilling of WEEE that has a potentially long environmentally-toxic life, and the recovery of high value components and materials for recycling, reuse and remanufacture.
“We’re confident that our initiative will be adopted by more authorities attracted by its practicality, performance and very modest financial commitment.”