Twelve lucky residents in Mid Ulster could get their hands on a brand new tablet or laptop just for recycling their old electrical devices courtesy of Mid Ulster District Council’s new e-waste recycling competition.
The competition, which has been supported by the European Recycling Platform (ERP), runs from the 1st – 8th July and to be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is recycle unwanted electrical or electronic equipment at any of the Council’s recycling centres (excluding Ballymacombs) during this week.
It couldn’t be easier to take part- simply recycle your electronic or electrical item or items at any of the 11 participating recycling centres in the district and you will receive a ticket entering you into the free prize draw. One ticket will be issued for each item recycled. There is no limit to the number of items you can recycle.
A winner will be selected from each recycling centre and they will receive an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet and an overall winner from all entries will receive a HP Chromebook laptop.
Anything with a plug can be recycled, including kettles, toasters, fridges, freezers, TVs, computers and even electrical toothbrushes! Please do not place any of these items in your bins, regardless of how small.
Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Ronan McGinley, is delighted the council is offering this incentive to residents. “Mid Ulster has achieved the highest household waste recycling rate of all 11 councils for 2016-2017. We are the only council to exceed 50% and also to meet the 2020 statutory recycling target ahead of time. This has not happened by chance. Popular incentive schemes like this one and our ongoing food waste campaign help make these impressive statistics possible.
“Our success is all thanks to the tremendous recycling efforts of residents in Mid Ulster and this scheme is a recognition of and thanks for that. I would urge everyone to enter the competition- it’s win, win – you are recycling your old electronic equipment responsibly and could win a new tablet or laptop for doing it so why not!”
Charlotte Budd, Regional Account Manager for ERP added, “Producers of electronic goods and batteries work with registered recycling schemes, such as ERP, to collect and treat WEEE and batteries on their behalf. ERP members include Electrolux, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Samsung and Sony. We have worked with all of the Northern Ireland councils since the start-up of the WEEE Directive in 2007, collecting in excess of 90,000 tonnes of WEEE and household batteries from the region during this time.”
For more information about the competition including all terms and conditions go to: www.midulstercouncil.org/ewasteweek and for a list of the recycling centres in Mid Ulster go to www.midulstercouncil.org/recyclingcentres.