Recycle old electricals for chance to win refurbished iPad

The campaign includes radio adverts, events organised by district councils and an online competition.  For a chance to win a refurbished iPad, people are being asked to make an online pledge to recycle old electricals at www.recycleforoxfordshire.org.uk . Everyone who takes part will be entered into a free prize draw.  The closing date is 30 April 2016 and the winner will be announced in the May issue of YourOxfordshire.  The campaign and prize has been funded by Valpak, a provider of environmental compliance, recycling and sustainability solutions. 

Andrew Pau, Strategic Manager Waste & Transport, Oxfordshire County Council said:  “On average, each person in the UK buys almost three new electrical items each year creating 1 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste of which only 30% is recycled.  The aim of our campaign is to remind people to consider recycling electricals or purchasing reconditioned items.

“It's really easy to recycle your old electrical items.  Many of your unwanted electrical items can be recycled, reconditioned or re-sold.  Electrical items can be reused in new appliances and reconditioned items can be just as good as brand new ones.”

Local events

As part of the campaign, district councils across Oxfordshire are hosting a number of events to raise awareness of recycling household waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE):

  • 14 April, 9.30-1pm, WEEE roadshow, Witney Market Square
  • 14 April, 9-1pm, WEEE roadshow, Banbury Market Place
  • 15 April, 8.30-12.30, WEEE promotion at Abingdon Farmers Market
  • 15 April, 9-1pm, WEEE roadshow, Bicester Sheep Street
  • 16 April, 9.30-11am, Wallingford Swap Shop, The Regal Centre
  • 19 April, 8.30-12.30pm, WEEE promotion at Thame Market
  • 20 April, 8.30-1pm, WEEE promotion at Wantage Market
  • 21 April, 9.30-1pm, WEEE promotion at Carterton Market Square
  • 21 April, 9.30-11am, WEEE roadshow, Blackbird Leys Community Centre, Oxford
  • 23 April, 8.30-1pm, WEEE Swap Shop, The Beacon, Portway, Wantage.


How to recycle small electricals

Seven Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)  in Oxfordshire are registered as collection points for household waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) such as hairdryers, toasters or irons.

Some district councils also collect small electrical items from the kerbside. For more information please visit:

What happens to recycled electricals?

Old electrical and battery operated items can be recycled and turned into new things.

Once collected the items are broken up and the different types of plastic and metals are recycled into new products.

For more information

To find out where you can recycle your electricals, fix your broken electricals and buy reconditioned items in Oxfordshire visit www.recycleforoxfordshire.org.uk