Be green if you’re having a clear out - small electrical items can now be recycled at banks in Hemel Hempstead and Tring

People having a spring clear out are reminded that there’s a green way to get rid of their electrical items.

New small domestic appliance recycling banks will accept phones, computers, keyboards, DVD players, toasters, kettles, hairdryers, hair straighteners, electrical toys, electrical toothbrushes, irons, remote controls, small DIY electrical tools, shavers, radios, video cameras, clocks and watches, small kitchen appliances and small fans.

The items are then shredded into their component parts and then sent for recycling.

An average person in the UK buys three new electrical items every year and with such demand for new products, it is not surprising that electrical waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the country.

Each item contains small quantities of precious metals such as copper, gold, palladium, platinum and silver.

Herts county councillor Terry Douris, who oversees the Herts Waste Partnership, said: “The new small domestic appliance banks are conveniently sited in a number of locations which are in addition to the collection points at the 17 Hertfordshire household waste recycling centres.”

In Dacorum, banks are situated at Water Gardens South, Hemel Hempstead, and The Forge car park, High Street, Tring.