Selsey electrical recycling scheme to continue

A TRIAL project to collect broken or unwanted electrical items has proven so successful that further funding has been secured to continue it for another year.

West Sussex County Council’s mobile waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) events will continue to be carried out at Selsey’s East Beach Car Park every two months, starting on Friday, January 25, between 8am and 3pm.

The first trial began in November last year.

A total of 33 tonnes of electrical waste was collected during the year’s trial, at an average of 5.5 tonnes per event. This included more than 900 televisions and monitors.

Among items collected were hairdryers, microwave ovens, old televisions and even a mini jukebox.

The trial is being run in partnership with Viridor, Chichester District Council and (PCS) Electrolink County Council Deputy leader Lionel Barnard said: “I am really pleased at how well this collection event has progressed and at the support people have given to the Selsey service.

“Not only has WEEE been diverted from landfill, but the trial brought out WEEE that would probably still be stuck in the cupboard.”

Next year a larger range of items will be accepted, including large white goods, fridges and freezers, fluorescent tubes and bulbs and household batteries in addition to display equipment such as televisions or laptops and small electrical appliances.

Selsey WEEE events will take place on January 25, March 22, May 31, July 26, September 27 and November 29.

For any items that cannot be accepted, the nearest household waste recycling site is at the household recycling site in Coach Road, Westhampnett.