Have a post-Christmas clearout and help the environment

Coun Tracey Dixon is encouraging people to help protect the local environment by recycling small electrical items.
Coun Tracey Dixon is encouraging people to help protect the local environment by recycling small electrical items.

People who received small electrical presents for Christmas are being offered the chance to recycle their old one.

Cameras, hairdryers, toys and mobile phones are just some of the electrical items that can be recycled at South Tyneside Council’s Recycling Village at Middlefields Industrial Estate in South Shields.

People can also use the pink bin recycling banks located across the borough and at local supermarkets.

Councillor Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety at South Tyneside Council, said: “Many people own and receive a lot of small electrical goods from gadgets to gifts and Christmas is a great time to have a clearout

“We would encourage everyone to spare a thought for the environment and consider how they can make a positive impact by recycling while still celebrating the festive season.

“Every little helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by taking items to our Recycling Village, donating items to charity, using our network of small electrical recycling points or the blue bin collection service.

“People can not only clear out but do their bit for their local environment.”

Anyone needing to recycle large electrical appliances is advised to take them to the Recycling Village or they can arrange a bulky waste collection by calling the council’s Customer Contact Centre.

The Recycling Village is a one-stop shop where all kinds of electrical items are on sale, and is open from 9am until 7.30pm until Wednesday, January 6.

The closing time will then return to 6pm.

For further information about waste and recycling, visit the council’s website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling or call the council’s Customer Contact Centre on 0191 427 7000.