Local Amnesty for old electrical goods

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Residents are encouraged to kick start 2017 by de-cluttering their old or broken electrical items.

Richmond Council and West London Waste Authority are hosting a recycling collection for old, unused, small electronic equipment. From 9-13 January 2017 from 9am to 5pm at the Civic Centre in York Street, items can be donated.

The event provides local residents with the opportunity to de-clutter their homes of broken or unwanted small electrical items such as alarm clocks, toys, kettles, and hair dryers.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said: “Any kind of electrical items that have batteries, a power plug or charger, or renewable power are welcome. Land-filling of waste and electrical equipment can be particularly dangerous as it contains hazardous substances such as mercury, lead, beryllium and cadmium. Recycling these items means fewer raw materials need to be used in the manufacture of new goods and precious metals are used again.”

It also removes these very toxic elements from the free environment. Batteries, in particular, should always be recycled. This can done quite easily as most supermarkets provide collection points as well as the one at the Townmead Recycling Centre.

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