Appeal response is simply electric!

Student Callum Baker, 16, with his creation
Student Callum Baker, 16, with his creation

ORGANISERS of a pilot scheme to collect unused and broken electrical items say the week was a huge success.

Environmental organisation E For Good ran the pilot scheme in Stamford and Grantham last week, asking people to donate their unused or unwanted items, and organisers were overwhelmed after hundreds of items were dropped off at the Mercury office in Sheep Market - the only collection point in the Stamford area.

As well as collecting items, the team was also trying to raise awareness of its aims to increase the amount of electrical waste which is responsibly recycled or reused.

The founders of E For Good Melinda Watson and Julia Hailes, as well as their colleague Corina Reay, spent the day at New College Stamford on Thursday last week. The college was running a Green Week to encourage its students and staff to be more environmentally friendly.

During the day, Melinda gave lectures to the students on exactly what E-Waste is, and some students were also invited to make children replicas of the WEEE man, which stands for waste electrical and electronic equipment. There is a WEEE man at the Eden Project in Cornwall, a 3.3-ton sculpture made from electrical waste.

Some of the students even made a WEEE dog.

Corina said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day and the students were really responsive to what we had to say. Some of the WEEE children they made looked fantastic and I think it really brought the message home to them.”

To finish the week, there was also a door-to-door household collection of more than 200 homes between Recreation Ground Road, Conduit Road and East Street, in Stamford, on Sunday.

E for Good teamed up with Grantham-based electrical recycling firm Environcom, which carried out the collection.

Corina said the week was an overwhelming success.

She said: “I think the week was really successful. The main thing we discovered was that people don’t really know what to do with their electrical waste and many of the items which were donated had clearly been sitting in people’s homes for years and years.

“We are only a small organisation but we hope to grow and we will certainly look to do the week again in the future.

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to donate their items and the Mercury for being a collection point.”