It is thought that seven out of ten electrical items thrown out of British homes end up buried in landfill sites, when they can be safely disposed of using much more environmentally-friendly methods.
The new bins have been funded by a new recycling scheme called ‘WEEEBATS’ (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment incorporating Battery recycling) which is a joint venture between electronics recycling company Weeelink and the city council.
Eleven bins will be placed at central locations across Leeds, including Sainsbury’s in Otley, Morrison’s in both Kirkstall & Wetherby, The Headingley Taps pub and Leeds University’s Lifton Place campus. More bins could be added in the future, according to Councillor Mark Dobson, in an effort to make sure that Leeds meets its target of a 55% recycling rate in eight years time.
Councillor Dobson welcomed the initiative, which he hopes will help the city reduce its carbon footprint even further than existing programmes have already achieved. He added that many people are put off recycling unwanted electrical goods because the centres are often out-of-town and difficult to reach, so he hoped that the initiative with Weeelink would encourage more Leeds residents to do their bit for the environment.
All small electrical household items can be recycled in the Weeebats bins, from broken toasters and kettles to defunct audio/visual equipment. Larger items will still need to be take by car to the main recycling centres around the city.