Sainsbury’s is urging customers to dig out old or unused battery and mobile phone chargers and drop them off in its stores during the month of August.
The supermarket chain will collect old phone chargers for recycling at temporary collection points set up at store entrances – and is hoping to recycle over 150,000 chargers between now and 28 August 2010.
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Sainsbury’s mobile phone charger recycling
It’s estimated there are around 20 million unused chargers in Britain – equivalent to 5,000 tonnes of waste that could be recycled and re-used. Under the Sainsbury’s scheme, a company in Daventry will take the unwanted chargers apart and separate the metal and plastic for recycling.
The initiative is one of Sainsbury’s ‘Make the Difference’ days, which the supermarket uses to focus on different environmental issues.
Sainsbury’s property director Neil Sachdev says: ‘We’re really excited to see how much of a difference we can make. Only 280,000 chargers are currently recycled each year, so if we hit our target of 150,000, we could increase recycling rates by over 50%.’
Most councils do offer mobile phone and battery charger recycling facilities – contact yours for details of your nearest electrical recycling centre. Our essential recycling guide, meanwhile, will equip you with some recycling basics.