Norfolk trial to spark life into old electricals

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West Norfolk Council is among six councils to have secured more than £50,000 of funding that will help get thousands of unwanted electricals refurbished, reused or recycled in Norfolk.

The funding, from the national Distributor Take Back Scheme (DTS), will see tens of thousands of Norfolk residents getting old electricals – from fridges and freezers to TVs and toasters – picked up directly from their homes.

Breckland, Broadland, Yarmouth, North Norfolk and South Norfolk councils will trial a series of free, one-off home collections in selected areas within those districts.

The first round of collections will take place on Wednesday when about 1,500 Breckland residents will have the opportunity to have their old electricals picked up from their homes.

Both schemes are being run with young people’s charities – the Benjamin Foundation and Thetford-based Crack On Foundation, who will sell refurbished small appliances in their shops.

Home collection rounds will take place on specific days over the next 17 months.

Participating households will receive leaflets giving details about the arrangements and type of items that will be accepted.

Norfolk County Council will use £23,500 of the DTS funding to help get more electricals refurbished and given second lives by being sold, from October, through four of its reuse shops at recycling centres across Norfolk.

The funding will see staff at Dereham, Caister, Lynn, Hempton, Mayton Wood and Ketteringham recycling centres, like their colleagues at Thetford, trained to spot appliances with potential for refurbishment. It will also be used to pay for the installation of new containers to store items on site before they are sent away for testing and repair.

The refurbished items will then be put on sale at Reuse Shops at Hempton (in October) and Caister and Dereham recycling centres in 2016.

Both schemes are being run with electrical recycling, repair and refurbishment specialist Wiser Recycling.

Information about both schemes is available at: www.recyclefornorfolk.org.uk/spark

Residents should contact their local council for details about upcoming home collection rounds for old electricals for their area.

For details of Norfolk County Council’s scheme at recycling centres please visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingcentres or call 0344 800 8020.