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Earrings

RE-USE

See Jewellery

Easter Eggs

REDUCE RECYCLE

Yes you can buyEaster Eggs which have less packaging. 

REDUCE

  • Every year we create 3,000 tonnes of packaging waste at Easter!
  • We can reduce this by purchasing eggs without packaging. 

RECYCLED
Where?

  • You can include the cardboard packaging in you kerbside recycling along with your paper, drinks cans, food tins, aerosols and plastic bottles.
  • You can recycle the aluminium foil through the Green Centre.
  • You can recycle the plastic packaging, depending on the category of plastic with Magpie. 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Over 80 million boxed Easter eggs are sold at Easter in the UK each year. 500 million Cadbury creme eggs are produced every year.
  • On average, children in the UK get 8.8 Easter eggs every year.
  • A survey conducted by UK survey consultants Censuswide has revealed that 91% of UK adults would prefer to purchase carton or cardboard-packaged Easter eggs over plastic.

Electrical Cable

RECYCLE

Electrical Items

RE-USE RECYCLE

Yes electrical items can be reused and recycled.

REUSE
As long as your electrical items are in good working order then you can sell them or give them away;

  • You can donate them to a charity shop.
  • You can sell them at a car boot sale or use a number of online platforms including Gumtree, Friday-Ad, Facebook selling pages and other online platforms. 
  • You can also give them away for free through Freegle.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • Please take them to the Brighton Household Waste & Recycling site on Wilson Avenue or the Hove Household Waste & Recycling site on the Old Shoreham Road. See here for exact locations and opening times. For more details contact City Clean on 01273 292929.
  • This includes: 

    • TVs
    • monitors
    • small electrical items (including mobile phones and hairdryers)
    • large electrical items (including washing machines and dishwashers)
    • cables and leads
    • fridges and freezers
    • household batteries
    • car batteries
    • energy saving light bulbs
    • fluorescent tube light bulbs

If you don’t have transport, then please contact the council as they run a Bulky Waste Collections Service. They charge for this service, but discounts are available for people over 60 and those receiving certain benefit payments.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • All electrical items are part of WEEE which stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. WEEE includes most products that have a plug or need a battery.
  • Every year an estimated 2 million tonnes of WEEE items are discarded by householders and companies in the UK.
  • You can read more about WEEE regulations here.

Electrical Leads

RECYCLE

Electrician's Tools

RE-USE

See Tools

Energy

REDUCE

Yes the impact of your energy consumption can be reduced.

REDUCE

  • You can make an informed choice about whether to buy your electricity generated from;
    • renewable energy
    • nuclear power
    • coal power stations
    • gas power stations
       
  • Since 2005, suppliers have been required to publish information on how the electricity that they supply to domestic customers is generated. Check out the Fuel Mix of UK Domestic Electricity Suppliers and choose cleaner energy for your home / business.
     
  • uSwitch is a free, impartial and independent price comparison service that helps consumers compare gas & electricity prices from all energy suppliers and switch to a better deal. Since 2006 uSwitch has been fully accredited by the Ofgem Confidence Code. uSwitch provides the ability for customers to compare energy suppliers online, over the phone, via the post and on a mobile App. So, saving money on energy bills couldn’t be simpler.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Electricity travels at the speed of light -- more than 186,000 miles per second!
  • The first four common domestic items to be powered by electricity were the sewing machine, fan, kettle and toaster.
  • Appliances also use electricity when they’re switched off. The average desktop computer idles at 80 watts, while the average laptop idles at 20 watts. A Sony PlayStation 3 uses about 200 watts, both when it’s active and when it’s idle.

Energy Saving Lightbulbs

RECYCLE

Envelopes

RE-USE RECYCLE

Yes envelopes can be reused and recycled.

REUSE

  • You can re-use your envelopes by sticking a piece of paper or a self adhesive label over the previous address.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • Envelopes, including windowed enevelopes, can be included in your kerbside recycling along with paper, cardboard, drink cans, food tins, aerosols, plastic bottles and glass jars & bottles [glass in separate bin].

How?

  • Include the envelopes with windows - no need to remove them.
  • Do not tear envelopes into small pieces as small pieces of paper clog up the sorting machinery.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The first paper envelope was invented in China during the second century BC
  • To know if flat paper will fit in an envelope swap the A for C: A4 fits in C4, A6 fits in C6, and so on…
  • It is considered an act of treason to put a postage stamp with the queen’s head upside down on an envelope!

EPNS Cutlery and Ornaments

RE-USE RECYCLE

Yes EPNS Cutlery and Ornaments can be reused and recycled.

REUSE

  • The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.
  • You can donate them to a charity shop.
  • You can sell them at a car boot sale or use a number of online platforms including Gumtree, Friday-Ad, Facebook selling pages and other online platforms. 
  • You can also give them away for free through Freegle.

RECYCLED
Where?

  • The Green Centre at Brighton Open Market. More details here.
  • Argyle Metals will accept EPNS. Argyles is a local, family run scrap metal company used by The Green Centre. Their phone number is 01273 680559, and they can be found at Argyle Hall, Campbell Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 4RA.
  • Geo. E. Richardson & Sons Ltd is another local scrap metal company used by the Green centre. More details here. If you do not live in Brighton click here to find a local centre.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • EPNS stands for "Electro Plated Nickel Silver". Nickel Silver (or occasionally stainless steel) is the base metal onto which silver is plated. Despite its name, Nickel Silver contains no silver at all, but is an alloy of Nickel, Zinc & Copper. A layer of pure silver is deposited electrolytically on the base metal to give a silver finish.

 

Erasers

RE-USE

Exercise Books

RE-USE RECYCLE