Pupils switched on to boost recycling scheme
Schools are battling it out this week to see who can collect the most electrical items to be recycled.
A total of 49 schools in the county are expected to collect tonnes of old and broken items.
Parents are being asked to bring in gadgets such as old irons, toasters, remote controls, kettles and hairdryers as part of the initiative organised by Leicestershire County Council, in partnership with Sims Recycling Solutions and DHL Envirosolutions.
A series of eco days will be held at the schools when the items, known as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, will be collected for recycling.
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They will then be processed and key components from devices will be recycled and reused in new products.
Richard Blunt, county council cabinet member for waste management, said: "We hope it will not only increase the recycling of small electrical items, but will also promote awareness of the fact that if they are thrown in the wheelie bin, the metals contained within them could be lost forever.
"If any residents have any unwanted electrical items, they can take them to our recycling sites."
Richard Shaw, of Sims Recycling Solutions, said: "We'll be dropping off and collecting containers at each of the schools."