05/12/17: Clear out your old electrical goods and help clean up Watton

Breckland Council is offering residents the chance to get rid of their Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) free of charge this week, as part of its Watton Town Clean-up day.

Between 11am and 1pm on Thursday 7 December, residents can leave their unwanted small items electrical, such as hairdryers, TVs, irons and mobile phones, with Breckland Council staff in Queen's Hill car park on Norwich Road, Watton, to be reused or recycled.

Any working items that can be used safely will be given to Age UK to raise funds for the charity.

A community litter pick will also take place as part of the clean-up day and volunteers wanting to help tidy up Watton will be meeting at 10am in Lovell Gardens. Litter picking equipment and protective clothing - also available for children - will be provided by Breckland Council, which has teamed up with Serco and Recycle for Norfolk for the day's activities.

The litter pick will finish at 12pm, with hot drinks and mince pies on offer for all volunteers.

Cllr Paul Claussen, Breckland Council's Executive Member for Place, said: "Breckland Council is doing everything possible to promote cleaner and greener communities, and this clean-up day gives residents the chance to get together, show how much they love Watton and make a positive contribution to their town. The event is a great incentive to have a clear out and get peace of mind knowing that your electrical items have been disposed of responsibly or given a new lease of life elsewhere. Each year an estimated two million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste is thrown away by households across the UK and many people don't realise that some items may contain hazardous materials that may end up in landfill."

Breckland Council will be unable to accept fridges and freezers, fluorescent tubes, commercial and industrial items or batteries on the day due to their hazardous nature. Staff will also be unable to accept any non-electrical items or large items which cannot be lifted and placed in the holding containers.

For more information and to check what can be dropped off, email community@breckland.gov.uk. Unwanted and broken electrical items can be taken to recycling centres in Norfolk at any time. To find out about your nearest recycling centre go to Norfolk County Council