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New recycling bin for small electrical appliances in Waterloo

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A new recycling bin where residents can deposit small electrical appliances such as kettles and hairdryers has been installed outside Waterloo Millennium Green in Baylis Road.

New recycling bin for small electrical appliances in Waterloo
New recycling bin for small electrical appliances in Waterloo

The Baylis Road bin is one of 18 new recycling banks installed by Lambeth Council across the borough.

The new recycling banks accept many types of small electrical items including toasters, radios, hairdryers, irons, electric drills, kettles, video recorders, remote controls and phones.

"It can be hard to part with things that seem too valuable to throw away, but electrical items no longer have to go to waste in Lambeth," says Cllr Lorna Campbell, cabinet member for environment and sustainability on Lambeth Council.

"Sometimes people have old or broken electrical items lying around at home that they don't know what to do with. By recycling them at one of our new recycling banks you will be helping the environment."

Once collected, all the electrical items are dismantled for recycling by SWEEEP in Kent. The parts can be reused for a range of purposes. For example, one iron contains enough steel to produce 13 steel cans.

The new bins have been introduced as part of Lambeth Council's new waste strategy, which aims to save the borough £600,000 a year in waste disposal costs by encouraging more people to recycle and by thinking twice before throwing items away.

Southwark Council does not currently offer on-street recycling bins for small electrical items.

The Baylis Road recycling bank also includes TRAID bins for clothes and shoes and a Variety Club recycling container for shoes.

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