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WEEE recycling goes mobile in Horsham District

Posted on 13 January 2013

Broken or unwanted electrical items – from fridges and freezers to fluorescent tubes and hairdryers – are to be collected during a trial mobile recycling event in the Chanctonbury area from the end of this month (January).

The Mobile Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) event will take place on Sunday 27th January in the High Street car park from 10am to 3pm.

This will be the fifth of eight mobile WEEE events that are being trialled in the four villages of Henfield, Pulborough, Steyning and Storrington on a rolling basis until April 2013.

The past four have collected a total of 8.16 tonnes including 93 TVs and monitors and 15 fridges and freezers as well as more than four tonnes of smaller appliances.

The scheme is being run by West Sussex County Council in partnership with Viridor and support from Horsham District Council in order to further encourage recycling of small WEEE items and to provide a more localised service in rural communities.

Funding for the pilot has been provided by the manufacturers and retailers of electrical and electronic waste. The trial aims to establish whether these mobile type events are an effective way to help residents recycle more of their WEEE.

This follows a successful series of WEEE collection events that were trialled at the county’s busiest mobile recycling service in Selsey, which last year the County Council confirmed would run for another year.

County Council Deputy Leader Lionel Barnard, Cabinet Member responsible for waste, said: “West Sussex is a UK pacesetter when it comes to recycling WEEE items.

“The way in which the trial has been used in the Chantonbury area so far is promising and we would encourage residents to think twice before putting WEEE into their waste bins and instead take it to be recycled. The trial will be reviewed next month with a view to deciding whether or not to continue the service beyond its scheduled end date in April.”

The WEEE service can accept large electrical appliances such as washing machines and cookers; fridges and freezers; display equipment such as TVs; laptops and personal computers; fluorescent tubes; small electrical appliances such as hairdryers and batteries.

For any items that can’t be accepted, the nearest household waste recycling sites are at Hopoast, Worthing Road, Horsham RH13 0AR or at Brighton Road, Shoreham BN43 6RJ.  

Alternatively you can contact Horsham District Council, which offers a chargeable bulky household collection service.

For more details visit www.horsham.gov.uk/environment or telephone 01403 733144.

2013 collection events: 

- Henfield: High Street Car Park, Sunday January 27, 2013, from 10am to 3pm

- Pulborough:  Lower Street Car Park, Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 10am to 3pm 

- Steyning: Church Street Car Park, Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 10am to 3pm

- Storrington: Library Car Park, Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 10am to 3pm

Please click here to view the Horsham mobile WEEE recycling flyer with further information.