A campaign which saved 24 tonnes of waste from going to landfill has been shortlisted for two national recycling awards.
Basildon Council’s Essex Talking Toaster WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) reuse campaign is shortlisted in the ‘Campaign of the Year’ and ‘Waste Reduction’ categories of the MRW National Recycling Awards 2019.
The campaign featuring a video, resulted in a massive 97% increase of donations.
Almost 24 tonnes, the weight equivalent of five elephants, of electrical items were collected and diverted from landfill since January 2018.
Alan Underdown, Basildon Council’s Waste Management Officer, said: “This campaign has had a wonderful impact; saving money, helping the community with affordable electricals and the environment. We are really pleased the community got behind this initiative and are delighted to be shortlisted at a top industry awards.”
Basildon Council, in partnership with Lighthouse Furniture Project, still collects unwanted electrical items at its WEEE reuse outlet at the recycling centre at Barleylands.
Residents can place all unwanted electrical items that are in good working order into a specific container which Lighthouse will collect and retrieve for repair/reuse. Outlets have also been set up in local libraries, including Billericay, Wickford, Fryerns and Laindon, for all small electrical items. www.basildon.gov.uk/reuse