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Source: Scotland – City of Perth

School pupils in Inchture, Errol, Abernyte and St Madoes are hosting a WEEE Term until Friday 4 October 2019 to help divert waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from landfill.

Pupils have been given a cotton WEEE recycling bag for collecting up old, broken or unwanted small electrical items at home, plus a battery recycling box for used batteries, which need to be removed for safety reasons from small electrical items before they are recycled. 

Environment and Infrastructure Convener, Councillor Angus Forbes explained: “Anything powered by a plug or a battery, or that needs charging or has a symbol of a crossed-out wheelie bin on it can be recycled. Through initiatives like the WEEE Term we’re trying to raise awareness that this option is available and much better for the environment than dumping items in landfill, where valuable components that can be retrieved and reused would otherwise be lost. 

It is great that local schools are helping us to highlight WEEE recycling direct in their communities and encouraging residents of all ages to make a small change at home that contributes to a big environmental difference. I am sure this WEEE Term will be a tremendous success. “

Once the WEEE Term is over, it is hoped that staff, pupils and their families will have got into the habit of collecting their small electrical items for recycling (using their cotton bag) and that the WEEE will then be taken for recycling via PKC Recycling Centres.  Batteries can be recycled at any PKC Recycling Centre, any Perth and Kinross library or any shop or supermarket which sells them. 

Any schools or organisations interested in doing their own WEEE collection should contact the Council – please visit www.pkc.gov.uk/weee, email recycle@pkc.gov.uk, telephone the Council’s Customer Service Centre on 01738 476476 or follow PKC’s WEEE Recycling Mascots at #weeebitsofinfo on Twitter.

MIL OSI United Kingdom