Over 5 tonnes of electrical items and clothing were collected at last month’s recycling day, held at the John Nike Stadium at Bracknell Leisure Centre on Saturday, 22 May. Thanks to Bracknell Forest residents, these items will now be recycled into new materials.
As part of the council’s efforts to increase recycling rates, every year the waste and recycling team host 2 recycling days to encourage people to get rid of unwanted clothes or electricals and promote good recycling. Last month's event saw more than triple the average amount of waste was collected compared to the past couple of years.
All the items will either be recycled for reuse or sold second hand by charities. The electricals are stripped down so the appliance components can be used in circuit boards and electric motors. Scrap metal is then extracted and melted down to form new metal-based components. When recycled, one iron contains enough steel to produce 13 steel cans.
Residents with an e+ card were rewarded for their efforts by receiving 500 recycling points that can be redeemed for discounted services across the borough or donated to a local charity.
Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes, MBE, Executive Member for Environment, said:
“Thank you so much to all the residents who came to our recycling day this year. Disposing of your waste responsibly helps protect our local environment and reduces our impact on climate change.
“Every action counts, no matter how small and these recycling days are a brilliant way to not only have a good clear out at home, but also to ensure your waste is being recycled where possible.
“After the successful launch of our new food waste recycling scheme, we have seen a definite shift in people’s attitudes to recycling and it’s brilliant to see. Let’s keep going and recycle wherever possible.”
Another recycling day will be held later in the year, read the small electricals recycling page for more information.