Robots go into battle to boost electrical goods recycling

5 January 2016

Robots Live is coming as part of Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) exhibition.

The free event on Sunday, January 17, will promote the recycling of electrical goods with the help of the Council’s Waste and Recycling team.

The WEEE Robots Live exhibition will be held at Memorial Court in Northwich between 9am and 5pm, with a total of four robot battles taking place throughout the day.

There will be plenty of freebies available for visitors such as pens, pencils, memory cards, magnets and car stickers. Visitors will be given competition sheets upon arrival at the event, and will be able to enter a prize draw to win an iPad.

Tickets to the event are free and can be collected from Memorial Court, Chesterway, Northwich, CW9 5QJ.

Ticket holders will be encouraged to visit stands displaying recycling information before they go into the event. These will include a Recycle First Stand, WEEE stand, Changing Lives in Cheshire, Valpak, Cheshire Furniture Reuse Forum and a Robot Live stand, with Dee Radio providing the music and entertainment throughout the day.

Recycling of WEEE is a rapidly growing sector of the waste and recycling industry due largely to the implementation of the original WEEE Directive in the UK by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006.

Every year an estimated two million tonnes of electrical waste items are discarded by householders and companies in the UK. 

There are seven Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across the borough which are accessible to residents who wish to recycle numerous different types of materials.  

Councillor Mark Henesy, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community, said: “This event is a great way to encourage more people to recycle their old waste electrical and electronic equipment. 

“There will be something for the whole family to enjoy and get involved in. By using public participation events, education and enforcement, we hope to see a rise in recycling across West Cheshire.

“Hopefully this campaign will increase the capture of valuable WEEE materials through West Cheshire Household Waste Recycling Centres.”

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