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One in five chuck WEEE in the bin

Around 20% of people throw electrical waste appliances in their general waste bin, according to a survey, with more than half saying they need more information.

A UK-wide survey by WEEE producer compliance scheme Repic found that of those who did not recycle old appliances such as radios, kettles, mobile phones, irons and hairdryers, 47% said it was because they did not know how.

However, more than 80% of those surveyed say they always recycle paper, cardboard, tins and bottles, with 63% recycling kitchen and garden waste.

For electrical items, only 46% of those surveyed said they always recycle them.

Philip Morton

Repic chief executive Philip Morton, left, said: “Overall the survey findings are very encouraging. It is clear that consumer awareness is the key to improved collection volumes. Most people want to ‘do the right thing’ – all they need is the right information.”

More than 50% of people surveyed said they were concerned about the environmental impact of WEEE and wanted more information.

Morton added: “We are committed to working with councils, community groups and schools to raise awareness about the importance of recycling WEEE.

“Survey findings such as these provide useful insight to help us plan future campaigns and help drive home key messages about recycling.”

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  • More councils should follow the Biffa example and set up easy-to-use, regular kerbside collections of small WEEE. Biffa's collection service lets residents put out small WEEE alongside their recycling or refuse bins.

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