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
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
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
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
“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
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