By: Mildred Ho, Waste Watch
August 02, 2013
WEEE week is finally coming to an end. A huge thank you to our partners and for those who visited our information roadshows! We made appearances at the Asda store in Barking & Dagenham, Romford Market in Havering, High Street in Newham and High Roads in Redbridge and spoke with around 700 members of the public. All four events went extremely well and we were very fortunate that the rain held off. It was a great pleasure exchanging dialogues and tips on reducing, reusing and recycling Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) with local residents.
It is important for us to reduce, reuse and recycle WEEE items instead of throwing them away with the rest of our household rubbish. If your unwanted items are in working order, why not ask relatives or friends if they would like them, donate them to a charity shop or even swap or sell them online. It might also be worthwhile repairing broken electronics. Just like the old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
Although we are wrapping up WEEE Week, if you are a resident in Havering, you can come join us and bring your unwanted or broken small electrical items on Havering Small Electricals Recycling Collection Day happening on August 30, running from 10am – 4pm at Romford Market. Click here for more event details.
WEEE items contain toxins including mercury, cadmium, lead, chromium and beryllium which, if thrown in the general waste, can contaminate our environment and cause detrimental effects to wildlife and people. Many of these hazardous materials are neurotoxins and can worryingly get into our food systems. It is essential therefore that we dispose our waste electrical items correctly and don’t put them in our waste bins.
To locate your closest electronics reuse and recycling centre, simply enter your post code here.
Figure 1 – Our Community Engagement Officer, Siddiq showing off our reclaimed sculpture made with broken computer parts.
Figure 2 – Francesca Morris is a keen 3Rs hero that we met during the Havering Roadshow. Her top tip on WEEE is to reuse connection plugs and wires.
Figure 3 – Event participant and IT- enthusiast, Gavin Wrendre Wilson giving thumbs up on our WEEE displays.
Figure 4 – Fatma Zahraa was ecstatic to learn about the proper disposal of WEEE items.