Monday, 21 June 2010

Love your Electricals and set them free for Recycle Week

So if your old man has reached the heights of being follicly challenged and doesn't know what to do with his redundant hair clippers or you're fed up of tripping over the broken strimmer in the shed, this is the week to go forth and show them the door for good.

Not "him indoors" of course, but his truckload of useless stuff!

Yes, it's Recycle Week 2010, which runs until 27th June, and this year's theme is Love your Electricals, encouraging us to finally part with our useless gadgets. That's anything with a battery or plug and could include broken toasters and kettles, old mobile phones or disused power tools, all of which could either be reused or recycled.

But did you know getting rid of this stuff is actually easier said than done!

According to a survey carried out  by ICM Research, many of us have deep-seated issues associated with ditching our electrical clutter and cling onto our wired smalls even when we no longer have a use for them.  No matter whether they are broken or have been replaced by a more recent model, we leave them lurking in attics, garages, cupboards and drawers.

Apparently we hold onto these items for both sentimental and practical reasons.  Indeed the results of the survey revealed the following feedback from participants.
  • 40% feel too sad to part with an item they no longer use
  • 41% hoped the item might come in handy some day, or that they might be able to pass them on to someone
  • 23% feel that small electrical items seem too valuable just to throw away
  • 29% hang on to them because they are not sure what to do with them

If this sounds like you or certain members of your family - and yes a few of mine come to mind - the folk at Recycle Now might be able to offer some timely assistance.

For the latest Recycle Week campaign, they've partnered with the British Heart Foundation, who are accepting at their furniture and electrical reuse centres, unwanted electrical and electronic products that are still in working order.  And by dropping off your gadgets you will be doing your bit for charity too.

But if your gizmo is totally defunct and can't be fixed, don't lose hope as there's good old fashioned recycling to hand, where you can drop off your broken electronics at your local recycling centre and the components will be saved to create new products further down the line.

So if you want to find out more, pop along to the Recycle Now website for all the information you'll need.  And if you really do have issues separating yourself from your beloved broken bits, there's even an agony aunt available to lend a hand, a nice old lady with curly grey hair who comes with an interactive set of cheesy  content that will help keep you entertained while you ponder your declutter.

Now where did I put that portable stereo I last saw circa 2003?  It's probably hidden in the loft somewhere, which means I've got little hope of finding it even if I have until the start of London Olympics.  But if I did, there'd be enough material to turn that outdated piece of kit into 267 yoghurt pots and 11 steel cans.

Not bad eh!  Far more useful than dumping it into landfill.  And if this video is anything to go by Mr A had better keep a tight grip on his games consoles, as I can see myself heading straight to the jewellers armed with a screwdriver.

All this, plus news of a competition to win an Eco-friendly DAB radio is available at Right, on that note, I'm off to hunt out the old Playstation. A new gold ring, here I come!


Mim said...

that is a great idea and will raise awareness that you don't just have to take throw your old electrical stuff in the rubbish. It makes so much sense to recycle old products.

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sharon said...

very informative site and look forward to reading more, thanks.

Condo Blues said...

"disused power tools"?! Do such things exist? I love my power tools. I even named them.

I think I need more help than recycling resources :)

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Hi Karen - haven't been blogging too much lately but wish I had looked in sooner. Firstly the electricals! I think I'm guilty of all of the reasons for hanging on to old stuff but may try the recycle site now I've missed the deadline date for "Recycle Week" campaign. The other thing I missed is the "Cyber Mummy Meet" (or am I too old to be classed as a "cyber mummy"? Did you go? A x

Almost Mrs Average said...

Sorry it's taken so long to publish your comments everyone,, I'd forgotten that I'd imposed the verification system. What a hassle eh. But it is so lovely to hear from you and thanks for dropping by.

LOL Lisa - hahaha, I think you might :-)

And Anne, I know what you mean about blogging. i'm finding it hard to keep up with it these days. it's a shame you missed Cybermummy. I did go along and it was fabulous. Hope you can make it next year. And as for the Recycle Week, don't worry, you can still recycle your electricals outside as normal, even via some electricals shops. So go and set them free. Hope you're well and promise to catch up soon :-) x

GHD said...

Very interesting.

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