Municipal services contractor Biffa is introducing collections of small household WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) with three local authorities.
Grants have been made available under a Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS), which is managed by Valpak, for Woking, Surrey Heath and Swale councils. Woking’s WEEE collections are getting underway this month, before the official launch, with Biffa covering the start-up costs.
In Woking, residents can put any small WEEE in a carrier bag and leave it next to their recycling or refuse containers on the relevant collection day. Crews collect the bags and place them in cages fitted under collection vehicles. Items are shredded and mechanically separated into component materials such as plastics, ferrous and non-ferrous metals for further reprocessing and remanufacture.
Officers at Woking council estimate that the new service could collect between 200 and 350 tonnes of WEEE annually. Surrey Heath and Swale councils are currently working with Biffa managers to design their own WEEE collection services.
Biffa municipal development director Pete Dickson, left, said: “Local authorities have two mantras at the moment – to save money and to protect service quality. By identifying and tapping into this funding, Biffa will have helped this trio of clients to do exactly that.”
Typically, small household WEEE comprises kitchen, beauty and audio-visual items, as long as they are powered by battery or mains electricity.