Yorwaste, the North Yorkshire-based waste management and recycling company and WasteCare, the Leeds recycling specialist have been awarded contracts to handle the recycling of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Bradford, Wakefield, York and North Yorkshire. Under the contracts, Yorwaste will provide a free collection and recycling service to the councils concerned. It is estimated that the total amount of WEEE involved will come to 10,000 tonnes a year, involving more than 300,000 items such as fridges, freezers, televisions, washing machines and computers. Yorwaste recycling manager John Miller said: The new WEEE regime will radically transform the way electrical and electronic items are recycled and this provides us with an exciting opportunity. WasteCare managing director Peter Hunt said: These contracts are a natural extension to our existing services to businesses, which currently generates about 120,000 tonnes of WEEE a year. Approximately 92% of the materials we recover are recycled.