Bright sparks recycle old electricals
Local charity Crest Cooperative are asking people not to put their old electricals in the bin, because there is more life left in them than most people realise.
Instead of binning your old hairdryer or out-of-date games console, make use of the fortnightly recycling collections in Conwy County so it can be repaired or recycled instead.
Local charity Crest Cooperative has been working with Conwy County Borough Council for nearly 20 years to improve recycling rates and give items a new lease of life.
“Your unwanted electrical items can be repaired or recycled,” says Cllr Greg Robbins, Conwy County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transportation. “By using the Crest pink bag collection, you are saving precious resources from being lost. On average, 75% of the materials in old electricals can be recycled, which reduces the environmental damage of digging new raw materials out of the ground and helps reduce our carbon usage.”
“Anything with a plug, battery or cable can be reused or recycled,” explains Rod Williams, General Operations Manager at Crest. “Those we can repair go into our shops, keeping costs down for families on small budgets. Those we can’t repair are recycled into all kinds of things, including bicycles and new electricals.”
Crest has an electricals repair workshop, which gives employment and volunteering opportunities to local people. Volunteer Nigel Hughes from Penmaenmawr took his PAT testing course through Crest, gaining a new skill to help him on his hunt for paid employment. “Volunteering at Crest helps alleviate boredom and gives something back to the community,” Nigel says. “I want to do my bit for the environment. People throw away so much stuff and we need to stop that from happening, so I’m happy to help out where I can.”
Extra pink bags can be collected from the Crest shops at Llandudno Junction and Colwyn Bay, or call 01492 575337 for delivery.