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Argos launch electrical waste trade-in scheme

clip_image002With the UK’s population estimated to now have £1bn worth of neglected electrical equipment, Argos have recently taken a bold and responsible step by becoming the UK’s first major retailer to offer an electrical waste trade-in scheme.

This service will allow customers to earn Argos vouchers by trading-in their unwanted mobile phones or tablets which otherwise could be destined to end up in waste disposal sites. Items can now be traded in at any of the firm’s 788 stores around the UK and will either be refurbished and resold or recycled for parts.

The scheme has been developed and supported by WRAP, a charity who aim to help companies develop more resourceful business models. WRAP’s mission is to ‘accelerate the move to a sustainable resource-efficient economy’ and the ambition of this scheme is to reduce the amount of electrical items that are being sent to landfill.

Head of Corporate Responsibility at Argos, Amy Whidburn said: “As a leading technology retailer we know that our customers are looking for solutions to responsibly dispose of unwanted gadgets when they replace or trade-up devices. Our new scheme in conjunction with Wrap offers them a safe way to do this, in a really convenient location on their local high street or retail park, with the added benefit of receiving a gift card in return immediately.”

Argos are initially only accepting mobile phones and tablets but they hope to extend the trade-in scheme, depending on the response from customers, to include laptops, satellite navigation devices and cameras. When customers trade-in their devices in store they will receive an instant quote for the item or items and if accepted they will receive a gift card equal to the valuation.

More information on waste disposal can be found on the LSPS website, or alternatively you can call LSPS on our free phone number: 0800 083 7807.

How to dispose of unusual or bulky items

clip_image002When making big changes to your home or upgrading appliances it can often be difficult to dispose of big or unusual items. This sometimes leads to unwanted items being left on the streets because it can be inconvenient or difficult to dispose of this large waste effectively. This kind of rubbish is not only an eyesore but it also creates a hazard for other people and wildlife.

One of the best ways to dispose of a large item is to donate it to charity so that it can be used by someone else. Alternatively, see if you can give the item a new purpose by upcycling or repurposing it. There are lots of ideas for repurposing on the internet with the DIY Network and Pinterest being great sources of inspiration. Alternatively, before replacing a broken appliance it is worthwhile attempting to fix the issue yourself. Again, there are many online resources that can help you maintain and fix items so you can continue using them. Doing this can help limit the amount of waste that is dumped in our landfill sites.

If your only option is to dispose of your bulky items you should do this as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming a hazardous eyesore. Your local council’s household waste recycling centre can usually dispose of the vast majority of items but before making the trip there you should check your local council’s website to see if they will accept your waste.

Alternatively, some councils now offer a bulk waste collection service. In Leicestershire, Leicester City Council is starting to help residents with the disposal of their unusual or bulky waste items by providing one free collection of up to five bulky items and one free collection of up to 15 items of garden waste every two months. If you live in Leicester and wish to use this waste collection service you can book a collection online here. However, if you live outside of Leicester you will need to contact you district council to arrange a bulky waste collection.

More information on waste disposal can be found on the LSPS website, or alternatively you can call LSPS on our free phone number: 0800 083 7807.

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