Basildon recycling scheme nominated for award

A council campaign to save waste from ending up in landfill has been nominated for two national recycling awards.

Basildon Council's Essex Talking Toaster WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) reuse campaign has been shortlisted at this year’s MRW National Recycling Awards.

The nominations are in the Campaign of the Year and Waste Reduction categories, after almost 24 tonnes of WEEE was diverted from landfill during the 12 months since the scheme launched in January last year - up from 11.8 tonnes in 2017.

Basildon Council works with non-profit social enterprise Lighthouse Furniture Project, which collects the unwanted electrical items to make small repairs and sells them on to raise money to support its charity.

Unwanted electrical items can be handed in at the WEEE reuse outlet at the Barleylands Recycling Centre, and outlets for small electrical items have also been created in libraries in Billericay, Wickford, Fryerns and Laindon.

The MRW National Recycling Awards winners will be announced at a ceremony at the end of June at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

To find out more about the initiative click here: www.basildon.gov.uk/reuse

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