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Reuse scheme at Barkers Lane a glowing success

Over one tonne of electrical items have been given a new lease of life after they were dropped off at Bedford’s Household Waste Recycling Centre on Barkers Lane in the last two months.

 

The electrical item reuse scheme was launched in Bedford last December and since then items such as hoovers, speakers and television set top boxes have all been dropped off.

 

The recycling centre on Barkers Lane accepts a huge range of materials, including electrical items. However, although these items are no longer needed many are still in a good condition. Items dropped off which meet the requirements of the new scheme are kept in secure containers, taken away to an approved treatment facility, checked to ensure they meet safety requirements and then sold.

 

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “This is a great, common sense scheme which stops perfectly good electrical items from being broken down or sent to landfill.

 

“We are committed to working with local residents to reduce the amount of waste which needlessly goes to landfill. This innovative new partnership with a local firm is the latest tool to help us achieve that.”

 

The new electrical item reuse scheme is run by MASV Ltd, an electrical reuse specialist based in Bedford and HW Martin Waste Ltd, who operate the Barkers Lane site on behalf of the Borough Council. All the items received are kept in secure storage until they are ready to be collected and restored before being sold again.

 

Damion Miller, Managing Director of MASV Ltd, added: “Since our launch in June 2012 we have already reused 5,530 kilograms of vacuum cleaners, nearly 200 sky boxes, and over 5 tonnes of hi-fi’s. All of these would otherwise have had to be sent away to a specialist facility to be broken apart and the individual components recycled.

 

“At the same time, we are also investing in our local Bedford Borough community through our work experience programme. We are mentoring our staff to encourage, empower and equip them with the necessary skills for long term employment with us or elsewhere.”

 

All collected materials are taken to MASV Ltd Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF) in Bedford where a number of safety checks are performed before these are resold.

 

By sending good quality electrical items for reuse in this way, residents can help reduce the cost of dealing with our waste and help others to buy affordable electrical equipment.

 

For site opening hours and a full list of materials recycled at Barkers Lane HWRC please visit our website www.bedford.gov.uk/recycling

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