The Stamford Mercury – local newspaper – had their reception area over-flowing with e-waste. And a corner of their office too. They’d publicised our Clear Out Electricals Week on the front page of the paper – and suggested that readers bring e-waste into their offices. They were flooded! The cage we’d provided was full by the end of the first morning, as Stamford residents brought in old irons, vacuum cleaners, phones, printers, TVs – items that had been lurking in garages and drawers, for years. By the end of our week, they’d collected over 2 tonnes of e-waste for reuse or recycling.
The aim of Clear Out Electricals Week, which took place in Grantham and Stamford from 12th – 18th March, 2012 was to try out E for Good’s ideas for collecting e-waste and raising awareness about it’s impacts. We chose to work in two Lincolnshire towns because of their proximity to Environcom, the e-waste company we are working with – it meant that collections were not too far away.
See separate news items for schools, shops & shopping centres, hotels and local businesses that participated in the week, as well as details about the household collections we organised.