Environmental group E for Good hopes to build on Stamford electrical collection success

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AN ENVIRONMENTAL organisation hopes to build on the success of an electrical waste collection week and set up permanent facilities.

E For Good ran its pilot Clear Out Electricals Week in Stamford and Grantham during March. Over the course of the week, more than seven tons of electrical waste was collected, of which more than two tons was collected at the Mercury offices in Sheep Market, Stamford - the only collection point in the Stamford area.

As well as drop off points in Grantham, the E For Good team also conducted two household collection days in Grantham and Stamford.

The aim of the week was to collect unused or unwanted electrical waste, which was sent to Grantham-based recycling firm Environcom to refurbish what it could for reuse and responsibly recycle the rest.

The team from E For Good also spent the week raising awareness about the amount of electrical waste.

Campaigns manager Corina Reay said: “The overall response from both members of the public and the businesses we spoke to highlighted the clear and rather urgent need to have facilities that will take unwanted electrical items.

“The majority of householders we spoke to during the week had no idea what they were supposed to do with their unwanted or broken items and many, unfortunately, simply put them in the bin.”

Corina said it was a great success and she added: “We are now focusing on using the information that we gathered during the trial period, to set up permanent facilities for the collection of e-waste.”

Businesses in Grantham are continuing to collect items. Small to medium sized items can be dropped off at The Gregory pub in Harlaxton, near Grantham, Tailored Systems in the George Centre and The Print Hub, off the High Street in Grantham, and larger items can be taken to Environcom in Spittlegate, Grantham, stating they are for E For Good.

Corina is also hoping to arrange regular collections from hotels, schools and other businesses, and the team hopes to discuss its plans with local authorities across the country to ask for support.