How Somerset can recycle electrical appliances
|Author: NickSWP||Published: 25th May 2012 17:06|
Somerset's recycling network has sites available seven days a week to take household waste for recycling or disposal, including bulky and hazardous items.
Among the items taken at every site is waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), from broken televisions and computers to damaged white goods and other household appliances.
Somerset's end use register records that in 2010-11, around 900 tonnes of fridges and more than 4,000 tonnes of other WEEE were sent on for processing and recycling - including the extraction of any CFC gases - in either South Wales or on Merseyside.
If your electrical or electronic item is unbroken, do first consider finding a reuse for it, as a donation to a charity shop (check first they can take electrical items) or one of Somerset's reuse groups, or by giving it away or selling it, such as on Freecycle or Freegle, through your local newspaper classified adverts, or on eBay or another sales site.
If that is not possible, each recycling site is open 40 hours a week across five days, with weekday opening staggered to always offer residents an alternative.
All recycling sites are open every Saturday 8am-4pm, every Sunday 8am-1pm and every Monday 8am-7pm.
Half of the recycling sites are open 8am-4pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (closed Thursdays and Fridays); half are open 8am-4pm Thursdays and Fridays (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
All sites are free to enter, except for four sites that have £2 entry fees to help prevent their closure: Coleford, Crewkerne, Dulverton and Middlezoy.
It is free to deposit household waste. All sites accept around 30 materials for recycling, including batteries and cans, paper and wood, cooking oil and garden waste.
Some recycling sites take additional materials, such as beverage cartons, books, window glass and plasterboard.
Only four materials not recognised as household waste - hardcore, soil, tyres and gas bottles - attract charges at recycling sites, starting at £2.90.
To maximise recycling and limit congestion, recycling site visitors are advised to pre-sort their materials.