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Got a Small Electrical Item that’s lost its spark?

Press Release   •   Jun 12, 2013 09:09 BST

It’s the tenth anniversary of Recycle Week (17th-23rd June) and Recycle for Greater Manchester would like to encourage local residents to get involved by recycling more, in particular broken or unwanted small electrical items.

Whether it's an old mobile phone at the back of a drawer, children’s toys hidden in the loft, old power tools cluttering up your garage or a broken kettle gathering dust on top of a cupboard, sometimes it's hard to part with things that seem too valuable to throw away.

If the item is in good working order you could always ask friends and family if they would like them, swap or sell them online or see if your local charity will accept them.  The good news is even if they are broken they don't have to go to waste, because you can recycle them!  If you can answer "YES" to any of the following, you can recycle it at a Recycling Centre:

·  Does it have a plug?

·  Does it use batteries?

·  Does it need charging?

·  Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?

Councillor Neil Swannick, Chair of Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) said:  ‘On average, every Greater Manchester household has three broken or unwanted small electrical items.  This can include everyday items like kettles, toasters, hairdryers, cameras and mobile phones.  It's easy to recycle these items by simply taking it to one of the 21 Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. ‘

Also when you next visit a Recycling Centre, you can pledge to recycle more for a chance to win £200 of shopping vouchers.

26 schools across Greater Manchester are taking part in Recycle Week by hosting a recycling point for their school community.

Barclays and Adactus Housing in Manchester are also supporting Recycle Week by providing small electrical recycling points to encourage their staff to ‘Don’t Bin it, Bring it.’

To locate your nearest Recycling Centre and find out more about Recycle Week visit

Notes to Editors

There are 26 collection points in total which are just for the school community:


Washacre Primary School, Bolton

St John's C.E. Primary, Bolton

Our Lady of Grace RC Primary School, Bury

Park View Primary School, Bury

St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School, Bury

Mersey Drive CP School, Bury

Irk Valley Community Primary School, Manchester

Cavendish Primary School, Manchester

St Mary's CE Primary School High Crompton, Oldham

Yew Tree Community Primary School, Oldham

Beever Road Primary School, Oldham

Alkrington Primary School, Rochdale

St Edwards CE Primary School, Rochdale

Bowlee Park Primary School & Nursery, Rochdale

Littleborough Community Primary & Nursery, Rochdale

St Peter's CE Primary School, Rochdale

St Andrew's CE Primary School, Salford

Bridgewater Primary School, Salford

Cheadle Catholic Junior School, Stockport

Woodley Primary School, Stockport

Hursthead Primary School, Stockport

Gorse Hall Primary School, Tameside

Rosehill Methodist Community Primary School, Tameside

Lyndhurst Primary School, Tameside

Woodheys Primary School, Trafford

King's Road Primary School, Trafford