Residents donate tonnes of waste at recycling day

three large bins of small electricals

Over 3 tonnes of electrical items and clothing were collected at last month’s recycling day, held at the John Nike Stadium at Bracknell Leisure Centre. 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 clear unwanted clothes or electricals and promote good recycling. Last month's event saw 1.7 tonnes of small electricals and 1.6 tonnes of clothing collected.

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, 1 old iron contains enough steel to produce 13 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:

“It’s now more than ever that we need to take responsibility for our waste, and I was delighted to see so many Bracknell Forest residents doing just that and attending our recycling day in September. Yet again, we have collected a huge amount of waste which will now be reused or recycled.

“If you did miss our recycling day, you can still get rid of your small electricals at the local recycling centre and old clothes can be dropped off at one of our local recycling banks.”

The next small electricals recycling day will be held next spring. In the meantime, read the small electricals recycling page for more information.