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Published: 9 March 2012 at 11:35

Anglia Ruskin to host three-day e-waste event at Chelmsford campus

Businesses, residents and organisations in Chelmsford are being urged to recycle their broken electronics at a three-day event being held at Anglia Ruskin University.

The recycling event takes place on Thursday 22 March to Saturday 24 March (7.30am-3.30pm) at Anglia Ruskin’s Tindal car park and all types of business and household electronic waste will be accepted for free, with staff on hand to help with unloading.

The event is being hosted by European Recycling Platform (ERP), Anglia Ruskin, Chelmsford Borough Council and Essex County Council as part of a drive to increase the amount of electronic waste that is recycled.

Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.  More than one million tonnes of electronic goods are sold every year, but only around a third is recycled.

The materials used to make electronic goods are valuable and can be used to make new products.  For example, the plastic from a computer keyboard could end up in a new musical instrument, the gold from a mobile phone could be made into jewellery, and an iron contains enough steel to produce 13 steel cans.  Recycling protects the environment and stops e-waste going to landfill.

Simon Chubb, Anglia Ruskin’s Environment Manager, said:

“Anglia Ruskin University is very proud of the high environmental standards it is recognised for.  We always send our electrical waste to be recycled and we’re happy to host this event to remind our staff and students of why we recycle, and to give our neighbours the opportunity to do the same on their doorstep.”

Scott Butler, Managing Director of ERP, said:

“Plenty of people have a broken computer gathering dust in their office, an old printer cluttering up the cupboard or an unwanted mobile lurking in a drawer.  Well, now you can be free of it and benefit the environment at the same time. Bring anything with a battery or a plug on it and it will be recycled.”

All electrical waste collected will be recycled, including computers, monitors, mobile phones, video players, games consoles, microwaves, dishwashers, fridges, ovens, battery operated toys, power tools, electric kettles, televisions, electric heaters, radios, MP3 players, fluorescent and low energy light bulbs.  Recycling is provided courtesy of Apple and all electronics will be sorted and treated within the UK.

Key facts about e-waste

-  Electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.

-  Over 1 million tonnes of electronic goods are sold every year, nearly 20kg per person.

-  In 2010, over 466,000 tonnes of e-waste was collected and recycled, around 38% by weight of all of the electrical and electronic equipment sold.  The rest ended up in landfill or is still in people’s homes.

-  On average, each person in the UK recycled 7.5kg of e-waste in 2010.