Swindon Council will collect and recycle residents' old mobile phones in a bid to improve salvage rates.
Householders will also be able to leave batteries, Tetra packs and other small electronic devices in their orange recycling boxes.
The council is hoping to improve the current 50 per cent recycling rate by a further ten percentage points, according to the Swindon Advertiser.
The volume of waste going to landfill will be decreased and the environment will benefit from a reduction in the amount of dumped batteries and electronic devices, which contain toxic chemicals.
The new scheme was discussed at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and it will be implemented from December. This will coincide with the distribution of a Christmas newsletter which will include an informative supplement about which items can be recycled.
The council believes that the costs of putting the scheme into service and maintaining operation will be offset by the associated savings: if the recycling rate reaches the target of 60 per cent, around £850,000 in landfill costs should be saved.
Posted by Samantha Green