PEOPLE who got new electrical items for Christmas are being reminded that they can help save the environment by recyling their old ones.
South Tyneside Council has facilities to recycle good like cameras, hairdryers, DVD players and mobile phones which would otherwise be thrown away in favour of a new on.
Small electrical items that have lost their spark can be recycled using the blue bin collection service or they can be taken to South Tyneside’s Recycling Village at Middlefields Industrial Estate, South Shields. They can also be placed in pink bin recycling banks across the borough.
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “People often get new items for presents at Christmas and that may mean clearing out with the old and they may not realise that their old ones can be recycled, even if they are broken.
“We would encourage everyone to give a great gift to the environment by making sure they recycle everything they can.”
She added: “Taking items to our Recycling Village, donating them, using our network of small electrical recycling points or the blue bin collection service, not only helps with the clear out, but helps to reduce the amount of material that is sent to landfill.”
If using the blue bin collections service, residents are reminded that small electrical items should be placed in the main compartment.
Residents are also reminded that batteries must not be placed in either the grey household or blue recycling bins as they can pose a fire risk.
The Recycling Village is open every day from 9am to 6pm.