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Jun 29 2012

Harrow Council helps reduce landfill costs

Over 150 unwanted electrical items were collected by Harrow Council last week in the latest scheme to help reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill.

As part of National Recycle Week, Harrow Council’s Civic Centre was transformed into a collection site for unwanted or broken electrical equipment on Thursday 22nd June. The event was to celebrate after 1, 2, 3 Recycle for Free, a free electrical recycling service for businesses, was recently launched in Harrow.

The service collects items directly from businesses to be recycled at an approved treatment facility. The service is a partnership between DHL Envirosolutions and SWEEEP Kuusakosk, supported by Harrow Council.

Harrow Residents were urged to show a bit of mettle for the environment, and brought in their unwanted electrical items for collection, and managed to prevent over 120 items being dumped in landfill.

Harrow Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Phillip O’Dell, said:

“By recycling old electrical appliances instead of throwing them away, residents will be helping to save landfill space, save valuable resources and prevent damage to the environment. We must reduce and reuse wherever possible!

“Harrow residents are doing tremendously well at recycling – our rates are among the highest of all London Councils. This is why waste minimisation has been identified as an area we would like to work on. Reducing waste will ultimately have a huge impact on landfill costs.”

A staggering 1.2 million tonnes of electrical waste goes to landfill in the UK every year – the equivalent of 150,000 double decker buses.

To do your bit to reduce the general level of waste that the borough sends to landfill drop your unwanted electrical equipment at the civic centre in Station Road, from 9am until 4pm.

Source: Harrow Council

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