Residents are encouraged to bring along unwanted or broken electrical items – no larger than a microwave – to the events, where they will be collected for recycling or reuse by the council’s waste and recycling officers.
The amnesties are being held to encourage residents not to place electrical items in their bins at home. Each year thousands of electrical items are found in the waste collected from residents’ blue and green bins – but they can’t be recycled that way.
The first amnesty events were held in September last year in Goole, Beverley, Driffield, Cottingham, Hornsea and Market Weighton to mark National Recycling Week - and they resulted in 1.2 tonnes of electrical items being collected.
The items were either recycled or, if they were still in good working condition, they were resold at the East Riding’s charity Reuse Shop.
They are mainly aimed at residents who struggle to travel to their local household waste recycling sites (tips).
Unwanted electrical items should normally be taken to any of the East Riding’s 10 household waste recycling sites, which are open every day from 10am to 5pm.
Anyone donating electricals at the events will be offered a free reusable green sack to help them with their garden waste.
Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Residents have made the East Riding the number one recycler in the country and do an amazing job of recycling at home.
“But we still find issues with some electrical items being placed in household bins instead of being taken to household waste recycling sites.
“So by running these amnesty events we’re giving residents the chance to bring along their small electricals so they can be recycled, and encourage them to use household waste recycling sites in future.”
Items which can be brought along for collection include: toasters, kettles, irons, food mixers, blenders, sandwich makers, coffee machines, hairdryers, hair straighteners, electric toothbrushes, electric razors, mobile phones, laptops, desktop computers, printers, radios, game consoles, DVD players, chargers, speakers, remote control toys, table lamps, electric fans, electric heaters, and power tools including drills.
For more information about recycling and the blue, green and brown bins please visit the website www.eastriding.gov.uk/bins
The amnesty events will be held on the following dates … just look for the council recycling van:
Tuesday, 30 April
- 10am-noon - Beverley, Coltman Avenue, near Samman Road shops
- 1pm-3pm - Beverley, Lincoln Avenue, near shops.
Thursday, 2 May
- 10am-noon - Bridlington, West Hill, Bessingby Gate
- 1pm-3pm – Bridlington, Palace Car park, Quay Road.
Friday, 3 May
- 10.30-11.30am - Hornsea, Trinity Road, Rolston Road end
- 1pm-2pm - Hedon, Drapers Lane, near St Leonards Close car park.