Our modern reliance on electrical goods and the emotional bonds we form with them are preventing people in Exeter from recycling unused items, according to new research launched ahead of Recycle Week, which ends on Sunday, June 26.
However, many of these much-loved items could be put to good use by someone else, or be broken down into components: recycling the valuable materials to help preserve natural resources. To mark the sixth annual Recycle Week, Recycle Now and Exeter City Council are encouraging us to recycle more.
Councillor Kevin Mitchell, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Leisure said: There are now more ways than ever to give your electricals a new lease of life. In Exeter and across England, Recycle Now is working with the British Heart Foundation and schools to make it easy for us to dig out our unused small electrical goods and recycle them or donate them to a good cause.
“More than a third (37 per cent) of us say we would feel better if we could donate or recycle our unused small electrical goods and Exeter City Council is making it easier for us to do just that.”
Two fifths (39 per cent) of us say that we, or people we know, are ‘electrical lovers’ with many missing out on time with partners, family and friends (25 per cent), ignoring household chores (35 per cent) and losing sleep (33 per cent) to spend time with gadgets such as laptops, mobile phones and iPods
If your old electrical item can still switch on, donate it at your local British Heart Foundation store and you will also be helping to raise money for charity, visit the British Heart Foundation site to find your nearest shop
There will be a Recycle Week roadshow Marsh Barton Car Boot (Matford Centre) on Sunday, June 27 between 8.30am and 1pm,