Electrical products recycling scheme rolled out

Small electrical items such as kettles and toasters will soon be recycled in parts of North Lincolnshire following a successful pilot.

More than 3,000 residents took part in a two-month pilot to recycle Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) such as toasters.

Prior to the pilot about 27 types of WEEE products were taken to landfill.

The council said it hoped about 1,000 tonnes of WEEE products could be recycled annually under the scheme.

Kevin Booth, Head of Waste Management at the council, said: "Electrical items can contain harmful chemicals including lead and mercury and currently most of this ends up in landfill where it can pollute the environment.

"By giving more people the opportunity to recycle these items through their kerbside collection scheme, we are hopeful that we will see a significant drop in the amount that is landfilled, which in turn will help protect the environment".

The scheme will be expanded to 72,000 homes from May.

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