Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer compliance scheme Repic has set up a fund to support regional recycling schemes for its collection partners. It is seeking local authorities wishing to apply for grants to encourage WEEE recycling in their area.
Leicestershire County Council was one of the first local authorities to apply for a grant from the fund. It used the funding to support its campaign to boost recycling of small WEEE throughout the county. By the end of the campaign, the council had generated a 45% increase in the level of small WEEE items collected for recycling.
Repic chief executive Philip Morton said: Leicestershire council is an excellent example of why we set up the regional recycling scheme. In addition to collecting a larger proportion of the countys WEEE, this project has demonstrated unequivocally that engaging the public is a really effective way of enhancing the proportion of small WEEE collected by councils.
We are keen to hear from other councils planning to run their own recycling campaigns. We believe that these results could be replicated across the country, and look forward to partnering with more local authorities and helping this process.