Donate your old, working electricals for reuse
Did you know that your working, but unwanted electricals can help those in need? The Reuse Network supports more than 150 reuse charities in helping vulnerable people and reducing waste across the UK.
The charity donates refurbished essential items such as appliances, furniture and textiles via its nationwide network of reuse centres, ensuring that working items can be used to provide a better life for those living in poverty or isolation.
Find a reuse centre near you to donate working but unwanted electricals to a good cause. https://reuse-network.org.uk/donate-items/
Household e-waste collections
Some local authorities will collect small electricals along with your household recycling. Find out if your council is operating e-waste collections in your area with this handy postcode search from Recycle Your Electricals.org: https://www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk/electrical-recycling-locator/
REPIC Consumer Community Campaigns
Supporting the communities in which we operate has always been a passion of REPIC’s and being able to work with local community groups to educate them on the benefits of recycling WEEE has been at the heart of many of the campaigns we’ve delivered over the years.
1) REPIC £10,000 Electrical Giveaway
Launched in 2014, our £10k competition was a massive success with over 400 entrants! To celebrate 10 years of successful Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling, we gave away two prize pots of £10,000 worth of new electrical goods to schools, community groups or good causes, one across England and Wales and one in Scotland. Click on the link to take a look at some of our winners!
2) REPIC Schools Adventure
In 2016, the REPIC Schools Adventure Challenge was a simple educational and fun initiative for Year 3 and Year 4 classes. Working in partnership with 11 schools in various local authorities, each child in the class was asked to take one R3P1C soft toy (REPIC’s WEEE Robot mascot) home on a rota basis and complete a short story about an adventure he/she has been on with R3P1C. A camera was provided to capture photographs from the adventure. Each short story and photograph was then loaded on the Responsible Recycling website and can be viewed here. All participating schools were awarded cameras, WEEE educational packs and each child received their own R3P1C to keep at home.
3) REPIC’s Powering the Community Campaign
In 2017, REPIC awarded £500 worth of new electrical items to a number of diverse community groups across the UK as part of our Powering Communities campaign, which aimed to give back to local authorities, whilst promoting responsible recycling of old Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. Click on the link to take a look at some of our winners!
4) REPIC’s Battery Recycling Animation
After discovering that almost half of the UK doesn’t recycle old batteries, we made it our mission to spread the word about battery recycling. Teaming up with our local school, Lowercroft Primary School in Bury, we ran a workshop session for the children to help us illustrate the recycling process and create the futuristics robot designs. Some of the children also visited the recording studio to narrate the animation. Check out the final battery recycling animations here.
5) REPIC’s Battery Poetry competition
To promote the benefits of recycling batteries, REPIC also ran a school battery poetry competition and was able to get local VIPs involved to record the winning entries. The final video can be viewed here
6) REPIC ‘Pass it On’ Recycling Storybook Campaign
In 2016, eight schools across the UK took it in turn to develop a chapter of the recycling story, each one completing their chapter being passing it on to the next school to continue the adventure. The book titled ‘A most unexpected day at the recycling plant’ was then illustrated and printed with copies being passed out to all the children involved in the campaign. The campaign video can be viewed here
7) Wastebuster ‘Recycle to Read’ Campaign
Take part in Recycle to Read to get books for your school
Recycle to Read is a new toy and tech recycling initiative launched by Wastebuster in association with EPPIC and Products of Change with the aim of providing a solution for recycling all plastic toys with ‘take back’ collections housed across retailers, schools and household recycling centres in the UK.
Recycle to Read is a ground-breaking new Pod campaign that rewards schools for collecting unwanted plastic toys and tech for recycling and reuse, in exchange for books. Check out the resources and more about the campaign here.