Funding in place for electrical waste scheme

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

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, microwaves, old TVs and a mini jukebox.

The trial is run by West Sussex County Council and Viridor, which operates the site, Chichester District Council and (PCS) Electrolink.

Lionel Barnard, deputy leader of the county council, said: ‘I’m pleased at how well this 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. Therefore we are pleased to have secured funding for another year to continue these events.’