A place to put your broken kettles

Photo: the-g-uk on FlickrA scheme to re-use small broken electrical appliances has been launched in Hackney.

Residents can now recycle their unwanted electrical goods by simply dropping them to one of 10 Special WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) recycling banks.

The new special banks across the borough are aimed to make recycling small items – such as toasters, kettles and phones – more convenient.

The recycling banks were installed by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) in conjunction with DHL Environsolutions.

Feryal Deminci, a Hackney councillor and the borough’s representative on the NLWA, said: “The introduction of the small WEEE banks will not only makeit easier for residents to recycle, it will also decreases the amount of WEEE sent to landfill, provide material for reuse and contribute to our recycling targets.”

A spokesperson of London Waste Watch,Sam Jarvis said: “To achieve the targets set by Europe, the UK will have to significantly increase collection of WEEE. Most importantly, we will need to improve communications with the public so we all know what the right channels for disposing of electricals are and prevent e-waste from being illegally exported or disposed of.”

Over the next few months disposal banks will be placed at:  Old Street, Shoreditch; Thurtle Road, Haggerston; Chatsworth Road, Lower Clapton; Lordship Road, Stoke Newington; Martel Place, Dalston; Well Street, south Hackney; Kenninghall Road, Lower Clapton; Morrison’s supermarket, Stamford Hill; Tesco supermarket,  Morning Lane, and Green Lanes, Stoke Newington.

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