Borrow a book and recycle your gadgets at your local library

Release Date: 30 May 2017

To make recycling across Richmond upon Thames even easier, recycling banks for unwanted gizmos and gadgets are being placed in a number of Richmond Libraries.

As part of a trial, from today (30 May), Twickenham and Ham Libraries will become a drop off point for residents who wish to dispose of their broken or unwanted small electrical items responsibly.

Everything from broken computer keyboards, toasters, radios, irons, hair straighteners and battery powered toys can be left in the new WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment) banks.

With the support of Veolia, if the trial is successful, it could be rolled out across other libraries in the borough.

It’s estimated that one million tonnes of electrical items are thrown away in the UK each year. This type of waste is growing three times faster than any other type of waste.

Ishbel Murray, Assistant Director for Contracts and Leisure at Richmond Council, said:

“We’ve got to make it as easy as possible for people to recycle. So, combining a visit to the library with an opportunity to recycle makes perfect sense.

“Gadgets go out of fashion so quickly or simply break and many people store them away in cupboards, garages or sheds. We have to ensure that the valuable resources they contain can be recycled and that way, we can all reap the environmental and financial benefits.

“Therefore, making use of the opportunity to recycle redundant kit makes sense. We urge everyone to take the chance to have a productive clear out and, whilst in the library why not consider borrowing a new book or taking advantage of the other services our libraries have to offer.”

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Reference: P234/17

Updated: 31 May 2017