A Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling scheme has diverted over 50 tonnes of unwanted items from landfill.

Waste management company Biffa has been working with five council authorities in the UK to increase WEEE recycling.

Residents in the participating districts are able to put their small, unwanted electrical items out with their usual waste on collection days.

Items which can be collected and reused include old mobile phones, used batteries, broken toasters and rejected hairdryers.

The cost of having these products removed by the waste firm is low as the company makes money by selling on the useful parts of the electrical items.

Since December 2011, Biffa has collected over 32 tonnes of WEEE from Woking Borough Council's operating area, including televisions that became obsolete due to the digital switchover.

This means that less of the diminishing landfill space has been used and fewer toxic chemicals have made their way into the environment.

Posted by Claire Marshall

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