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Plugging the gap by recycling electricals; CUT 'ELECTROBANKS' WASTE & HELP JOBS.

Byline: KATE FORRESTER

FLINTSHIRE Council has become the first in Wales to try and stop thousands of electrical appliances being dumped at landfill sites.

Three new 'electrobanks' have been set up in the county, where householders can recycle their broken or unwanted toasters, kettles, power tools, mobile phones and computer items.

The council has teamed up with Os-westry-based environmental company Strateco to trial the scheme, which was launched at Tesco in Mold yesterday.

Cllr Nancy Matthews, Flintshire's executive member for waste management, said: "The people of Flintshire strongly support recycling and we are pleased to be leading the way with the Electrobank pilot scheme.

"In the past, society has been so accustomed to simply throwing away unwanted electrical items and now this initiative can show the way for a more imaginative approach to resource use.

"Items deposited in the Electrobanks and sent for re-use or recycling will avoid the costs of landfill, save resources, protect the environment and support local jobs - everyone wins."

Council waste chiefs say although householders in the county are used to taking cans, bottles and paper to recycling banks, there have never been any facilities to reuse electrical items.

Strateco managing director David Burton said: "We are delighted Flintshire has become the first participant in Wales in this important pilot scheme.

"These items will be checked for possible re-use, with any IT having data securely removed beforehand, and anything not suitable for re-use will be recycled."

. The new banks have been set up at Tesco Mold, Tesco, Holywell and Broughton Shopping Park.

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David Burton, managing director of Strateco Ltd, with one of Flintshire's new Electrobanks
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