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Schools compete to take the WEEE

Schools across South Wales are competing for thousands of pounds of electrical prizes in a WEEE recovery competition.

Forty schools across 10 councils are collecting small waste electrical items from this week until the end of October.

Each council has partnered with a community reuse group that will reintroduce salvageable items into the community. The remaining products will be recycled by a specialist local reprocessor.

The school that collects the most WEEE in each council will win up to £1,000 of electrical prizes. Wales rugby football captain Sam Warburton will present the best school across all 10 councils with a further £2,000 of prizes.

James Kay, South Wales regional waste co-ordinator at Resource Efficiency Wales, said: “This is a truly collaborative project led by local authorities in partnership with community re-use organisations and private sector companies.”

Funding and prizes for WEEE Reuse Recycle 2012 have come from a successful multi-local authority bid to the Distributor Take-back Scheme. The scheme has also been financially supported by European Recycling Platform.

Scott Butler, managing director of ERP UK, said: “We’re very excited about WEEE Reuse Recycle 2012.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to spread the recycling message and to give new life to broken or unwanted electronic items. We hope there will be a great contest between all the schools to collect the most WEEE.”

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