Councils are being offered funding for projects that are aimed at increasing the collection of old electrical appliances from the kerbside.
Up to £3 million is being made available to local authorities through the WEEE Fund, money which is collected from producer compliance schemes when targets for the collection of WEEE – waste electrical and electronic equipment – have been missed.
The small electrical waste kerbside collection investment fund is open to any UK waste collection authority to roll-out or expand kerbside collection, from 2020 through to 2022. Grants will be supported by a national communications campaign which is expected to be launched in 2020 and will be aimed at improving awareness around WEEE recycling. Alongside the £3 million for councils, an additional £0.5 million in funding is also being offered to organisations involved in the repair and reuse of old electrical items to support their work.
Commenting on the funding, Scott Butler, WEEE Fund manager, said: “We are working with a range of key partners including local authorities, business, and community groups to deliver projects to encourage recycling and re-use of small waste electricals.”