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Wiltshire residents 'get down' with WEEE!

The residents of Wiltshire are getting into the spirit of the Waste Electronic & Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) recycling 400 tonnes of electronic waste every month. Large household appliances topped the WEEE recycling list, with 121 tonnes being recycled, followed by fridges and freezers with around 100 tonnes being recycled. Wiltshire County Council has 10 household recycling centres (HRCs) that deal with the electronic waste. It predicts that around 80% of this waste is recycled. Televisions and computer monitors were previously dealt with as special hazardous waste. In the last financial year [2006/07] almost 800 tonnes were disposed of in this way. Now the council takes this waste to the Centillion Environment & Recycling plant, based in Wales, where television parts can be extracted safely. Cabinet member for planning and waste Toby Sturgis said: Our household recycling centres are very well used and one of the reasons why Wiltshire has such an impressive recycling record. We are always looking at ways to divert more waste from landfill and recycle what is thrown away. These schemes are just the latest innovative ways we can achieve this.

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