01 Mar 2010 11:03:25
Free electrical waste collection scheme piloted
Scarborough Council has pioneered a free electrical waste collection scheme that could be rolled out to the rest of the borough if successful.
The collaboration between local compliance scheme operator Weeeco, the council and reprocessor RB Markets intends to collect and recycle material as locally as possibly to reduce carbon emissions.
Speaking to Let's Recycle, Weeeco manager Vince Eckermann said the scheme follows the recommendations of the 2007 Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive that is currently being reviewed by the European parliament.
Though the proposal for producers to pay for electrical waste collection was rejected recently, Mr Eckermann calculates that it is working out cheaper for compliance scheme operators to pay for collection than to have the waste processed through civic amenity sites.
The scheme is dependent on residents contacting Scarborough council or reprocessors RB Markets to collect the waste, which is expected to fit mainly into the smaller categories of Weeeco, such as household appliances and telecommunications equipment. http://tinyurl.com/ya8smsc