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Britons unaware of electrical recycling scheme

Just two per cent know about Weee regulations


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Just two per cent of Britons are aware of new electrical recycling legislation which comes in at the start of next month, a new survey reveals.

The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (Weee) regulations means that manufacturers and retailers (both high street and online) will have to contribute towards paying for goods to be recycled at local tips – although they’re not obliged to offer free collection from your home.

But a poll of 2000 people by electrical chain Comet has found that only two per cent were aware of the new regulations.

Half of the people surveyed had never recycled an electrical item and one in five people weren’t even aware that electrical items can be recycled at all.

Collection scheme

Nearly one in ten people surveyed claimed their local authority had not made recycling policies clear, and Hugh Harvey, Comet’s Managing Director said: ‘The results of this survey surprised us – it is clear that more needs to be done to alert consumers to this new legislation and the opportunity it gives them to dispose of their electrical waste in an environmentally friendly way.

‘In response to this survey we are proud to announce that we’re expanding our collection and recycling facilities for large electrical items to all UK households today, a service which has so far recycled more than three million electrical items, from fridges to dishwashers.

‘We believe that by making this service available to everyone, not just to those who have bought a product from us, we will make a positive impact on the environment.’

Comet says that its collection and recycling service will cost £20 and that it does not matter where you initially purchased the electrical item.

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