Council urges groups to bid for £500 recycling prize

COMMUNITY GROUPS ARE being offered an opportunity to win £500 in vouchers for new electrical products as part of a drive towards responsible recycling.

Powering Communities is a campaign being run by REPIC, a non-for-profit company which recycles over half of the waste electrical and electronic equipment generated in the UK.

Unwanted electrical and electronic equipment is one of the country’s fastest growing waste streams – now in a promotion to help alleviate that, any local community group, school or good cause is being invited to enter a contest for the £500 bonus.

Eligible groups include not-for-profit organisations and registered charities – entrants simply need to answer two questions “What electrical product do you need and how will it make a difference?” and “What is the name of the REPIC Robot mascot?

Moray Council’s waste management officer, Steve Williamson, said: “We have worked in partnership with REPIC for over 10 years and in that time the partnership has provided opportunities for residents to recycle their waste electrical appliances and materials through our community recycling sites.

“This initiative is a great opportunity to bring further benefit to communities and to encourage responsible recycling.”

REPIC chief executive Mark Burrows-Smith added: “We are proud to have collected and treated over two million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment to date. We hope that the Powering Communities campaign will encourage people to think about responsibly recycling their old electricals, particularly when they purchase new ones.

“It is great to team up with Moray Council and we are looking forward to receiving the entries.”

To enter, simply fill in the online form via REPIC’s website. The closing date is June 19.