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Recycle Xmas WEEE Minister tells consumers

Following Christmas purchases of electrical goods Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Minister Malcolm Wicks has urged people to recycle their waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). He said: From fridges to flatscreens, many people will have received the latest must have gadgets at Christmas or bought them in the sales and need to dispose of their old equipment. Around two million tonnes of electrical goods are thrown out every year in the UK alone. Through the WEEE directive we have built a network to service every household in the UK, with over 1100 recycling sites open to the public. Now its up to consumers to play their part ask your retailer or local authority what service they offer, or simply go to your tip. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister for Waste and Recycling Joan Ruddock said: "Unwanted televisions, computers and mobile phones can be put to good use if they are reused or recycled in the correct way. Individuals and producers can play a vital role in tackling waste, by ensuring that these unwanted goods are disposed of correctly." Recent Government figures show that the average person recycles 7kg of WEEE a year, which is above the EU directives target of 4kg by 2008. In 2008 the Government will explore how to improve the WEEE system, based on experience gathered from around the UK, as well as: * Hosting the inaugural meeting of the new WEEE Advisory Body (December 3 2007 * Participating in the European Review of the WEEE directive, to ensure the voice of UK business is heard; and * Further developing the Settlement Centre, to monitor levels of recycling. Image: Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks

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