Schools across South Wales are taking part in a waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling competition called WEEE Reuse Recycle 2012.
Children from 40 schools are being urged to collect small items of WEEE, such as unwanted mobile phones.
Each of the ten councils involved has partnered with a local recycling group which will ensure reusable items go back into the community.
Someone else’s old handset could be taken to a charity shop for another person to purchase and use, or items may be donated to the needy.
If products are not salvageable, their parts will be recycled. For example, the average mobile phone contains gold, silver and copper which can be melted down to be used elsewhere.
The educational establishment which collects the most WEEE in each council district will be rewarded with up to £1,000 of prizes.
The school which gathers the most items for recycling overall will receive a further £2,000 of prizes.
Posted by Samantha Green