16 September 2020
The model and businesswoman Caprice was seen carrying a bag and box full of old, unused electricals from her London pad today – some of the 527 million hoarded in homes around the UK.
Revealing her disbelief at the number of old electricals cluttering up her house, the model had posted earlier in the day about her intentions to donate the items to the Teen Challenge London charity. The post also revealed her support of the Recycle Your Electricals campaign – a nationwide initiative designed to stop the people of Britain from hoarding their old electricals and recycle or donate them instead.
Small, old electricals are the world’s fastest growing waste stream yet if recycled they can be turned into bikes, playground equipment or defibrillators. Whilst we are a nation of hoarders, we are also throwing away 155,000 tonnes or waste electricals in our general household rubbish each year, a move which costs the UK economy over £370 million in lost, valuable raw materials. 2.8 million tonnes of carbon emission could also be saved, equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars off the road.
Caprice is obviously keen to invest a small amount of time to ensure her ‘junk’, or perhaps hidden treasure, does not end up in a landfill and instead goes to a good home.
To find out how you can do the same and locate your nearest recycling or donation point go to www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk
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Notes to Editors
About the Recycle Your Electricals campaign
Recycle Your Electricals has a goal to stop the nation throwing away or hoarding all their old small electricals. The campaign will reveal the value hidden in electricals and will make it easier for us all to recycle and reuse the small electricals we no longer need by providing more recycling points as well as providing practical information on how households can recycle.
The campaign is funded by producers of electrical appliances. The UK government sets annual targets for the recycling of all waste electricals, including small electricals. If producers of electrical appliances don’t meet this target, then they contribute towards a fund (WEEE Fund). During 2017 and 2018 £10.6 million was collected for the fund, which pays for a range of activities, including communications, behaviour change activities, increased recycling projects and research. Ultimately the aim is to support actions that will help the UK increase the levels of reuse and recycling of waste electricals.
How to get involved: Anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled. Once you have decided that you want to recycle an old electrical, follow the ABC rule:
Ask yourself whether your old electrical item contains batteries or bulbs? They need to be removed before recycling. With computers or smart devices remove the memory and SIM cards and delete your data.
Bag It Find a bag that you can use to store all your old electricals in until they can be recycled or donated
Check our easy recycling locator to find your nearest repair, reuse or recycling point. Some councils will also collect directly from your home. Otherwise keep your electricals in your bag until after lockdown.
One of our friendly team will be happy to help.