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Friday 18 February 2011

‘WEEE’ road show coming to a town near you


A new campaign to encourage local residents to take their small waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) along to local recycling centres is taking to the road. 

The ‘Don’t bin it, bring it’ campaign, which is being run between Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council and the UK’s largest not-for-profit producer compliance scheme, REPIC, will be touring town centres in Cheshire East throughout February.  

Small WEEE items include anything that has a plug or is powered by batteries, such as irons and toasters. These items contain various metals and materials that are precious and can be recycled.

Not only will visitors to the road shows learn about types of items that can be recycled, they will also get a chance to enter a prize draw for a Wii console.

Details of the ‘Don’t bin it, bring it’ road shows in Cheshire East are as follows:

· Sandbach Market, in Sandbach, on Thursday, February 17

· Congleton Town Centre, in Congleton, on Friday, February 18

· Macclesfield Town Square, in Macclesfield, on Saturday, February 19

· Booth’s Supermarket, in Knutsford, on Monday, February 21

· Crewe Town Square, in Crewe, on Tuesday, February 22

· Nantwich Town Square, in Nantwich, on Wednesday, February 23

To be in with a chance of winning a Wii console, simply visit one of the road shows listed above and ask a representative for more information.

Councillor Rod Menlove from Cheshire East Council said: “When it comes to electrical or electronic equipment, we’re in the habit of recycling larger items like washing machines, but as for smaller items, a third of us still throw them in the bin. It’s been reported that we all have three old, broken or unwanted small electrical items lying about our homes, and the aim of this road show is to help raise awareness of how and where to recycle these items.”

Dr Philip Morton, CEO of REPIC, commented: “Cheshire East has already demonstrated outstanding levels of collection and recycling for household waste, so encouraging residents to take their end-of-life electronic equipment to designated collection points is the next step.

“The legislation which sets UK WEEE recycling targets has been in force for around four years now, and the targets we need to achieve as a nation will continue to increase as

time goes on. Therefore, it is important that people can easily identify which household items need to be recycled and where residents can take their unwanted equipment.”

If you want to find out more about what you can recycle and where you can recycle it, please visit

REPIC works with the Council’s to responsibly recycle Cheshire residents’ end-of-life electrical and electronic goods (everything from kettles and toasters, to fridges and TVs). For more information on REPIC, please visit

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