Compliance scheme Valpak has won a two-year contract to help Shropshire Council increase the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) it recycles.
WEEE will be collected from the authority’s designated collection facilities across five household waste recycling centres.
Valpak will oversee the storage and compliant recycling for all five streams of WEEE and will look at adding extra services.
These include working with third sector reuse organisations to refurbish items for use by low-income families, battery recycling and using social media to target specific groups of residents.
The contract includes an option to extend it for a further two years.
Valpak commercial manager James Nash said Shropshire’s sites are “outstanding”, and the move would help it to secure a “guaranteed source of WEEE for our compliance members”.
He said: “Responsible management of WEEE is a priority for Valpak and our compliance members. We are always keen to engage with local authorities that require WEEE and battery services, and work hard to maximise the benefits.”
Nash added that while the Valpak service was fully compliant with WEEE regulations, it tries to “go a step further by establishing really robust procedures for auditing contractors”.
Lezley Picton, Shropshire cabinet member for waste management, said: “We look forward to working with Valpak to increase the amount of Shropshire’s WEEE that is currently sent for recycling.
“We encourage residents to take their waste electrical equipment to one of our five household recycling centres, where it can be left at one of the appropriate collection points.”