Recycling session in Taverham proves popular - even with dogs

A Norfolk council's latest attempt to get rid of unwanted domestic electrical equipment proved popular - even with pets, as you can see from this picture.

Broadland District Council invited people to bring in their unwanted or broken appliances for others to make use of at a waste electrical and electronic equipment recycling session at Hinks Meadow, Taverham, near Norwich.

Scores of people off-loaded household items they no longer wanted to save them from going to landfill – but dozens more snapped up the same equipment to give them a new lease of life.

Appliances that did not work were taken away by the social enterprise charity Impact East to be reconditioned or materials salvaged.

And people who took the free-of-charge equipment donated �181 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance once they had been safety checked by an on-site electrician.

The event, opened by the council's chairman Claudette Bannock, saw household items ranging from hi-fis to vacuum cleaners taken along for re-use or re-cycling and saved 7.29 tonnes going to landfill.

Among those attending were Barry and Pamela Pritcher, from Hellesdon, who arrived with an unwanted electric kettle and an iron.

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Mr Pritcher said: 'This is the first time we have been and it's absolutely fantastic.

'I can't believe just how much good stuff there is here and to think it would have all ended up on a tip. These events are a great idea.'

Since Broadland started the service in 2009, more than 70 tonnes of electrical equipment that would otherwise have been consigned to the household wheelie bin and then to landfill has been brought to the events.

Broadland's portfolio holder for environmental excellence John Fisher said: 'These events have really captured the imagination of our residents and have proved a fantastic win-win for the environment and for people who can give unwanted goods a new home.'

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