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Residents across Bath and North East Somerset can pick up reward vouchers to spend in high street stores as part of a new scheme to encourage recycling of small electrical items.
Bath & North East Somerset Council is working in partnership with BetterPoints to reward residents for clearing out their homes of small electronic and electrical items and recycling them.
For the next four months people will be rewarded for recycling their broken or unwanted small electrical appliances at one of Bath and North East Somerset’s recycling centres.
People can take their unwanted or broken small electricals to the recycling centre and download the free BetterPoints app on their smart phones and then scan the QR code located next to the electrical recycling container.
The council currently has a kerbside collection system for small electrical appliances and plans to extend the reward scheme to these collections later this autumn.
Residents will get rewards by recycling any small electrical item that has a plug or uses batteries. Such items include:
• Kettles, blenders, calculators, cameras, chargers, digi-boxes, electronic toothbrushes, electronic toys and games, hair straighteners, hi-fi equipment, irons, power tools, shavers, telephones, torches and so on!
Residents will be able to earn points for each scanned item and redeem BetterPoints for vouchers from £2 to £20 for national high street and local independent shops including Argos, Sainsburys, Costa Coffee, Evans Cycles, Morrisons, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins and many more.
Alternatively people can donate points to a community group or a charity of their choice, whether it’s national or local, it’s all done in the app.
If a charity is not listed it can be added easily. Recylers can also earn BetterTickets for regular prize draws – the more you collect, the more chance you have of winning.
Councillor Dave Wood, cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services, said: “Last year our residents recycled more than 612 tonnes of small electrical items by taking them to our recycling centres and we want to increase that number”.
“All small electrical appliances brought to the recycling centre can be recycled and made into new things using their valuable metals and plastics. One clothes iron can provide enough steel to make 13 new steel cans. All the items will be crushed, separated into their different materials and recycled to make new products.”
Bath and North East Somerset residents can take their broken or unwanted electrical items to any of the following recycling centres:
• Bath; Midland Road (off Upper Bristol Road), Bath, BA1 3AT; Google Map
• Keynsham; Pixash Lane (off main A4 Bath Road), Keynsham, BS31 1TP;
• Midsomer Norton; Old Welton, Wheelers Hill (off Radstock Road A362), Midsomer Norton, BA3 2AA.
For further information on BetterPoints and the BetterRecycle challenge visit: https://betterrecycle.betterpoints.uk/page/betterrecycle-challenge
CONGRATULATIONS TO WESTFIELD’S INSPIRATIONAL CITIZEN
We’re delighted to announce that Martin Bates of Westfield Allotment and Gardening Society is this year’s Inspirational Citizen.
This is how he was nominated:
“Martin has been the Chairman of Westfield Allotment and Garden Society for over 5 years. Currently there are 65 members ranging from 4yrs old to 90 yrs old.
He has launched the gardening for children and promoted this throughout Westfield, leading to the successful Children’s gardening club which is open to all children.
Martin makes sure the allotments are accessible to all residents of Westfield through supporting Westfield Fun Day, Britain in Bloom and WAGS own open day in the summer.
He works tirelessly to make sure WAGS is a success and is always on hand to offer support and advice.
He really is an Inspirational Citizen. “
GREEN AND OPEN SPACES IN WESTFIELD
Do you use the green and open spaces of Westfield?
Perhaps you are a dog walker who enjoys Waterside Valley, or you may take your family to the play areas and cycle paths of Westfield. Possibly you belong to a group which goes on nature walks or runs in our green spaces. Whatever your background, if you use the green and open spaces of Westfield you may like to take part in the Westfield Green and Open Spaces Group.
This group is set up to protect and enhance the green open spaces of Westfield, including their accessibility. Helping to prioritise the use of funding from developer contributions designated for green open spaces in Westfield forms part of their work.
Your input can be as little or large as you like. You might like simply to receive the minutes of the group and email some thoughts. Or you might like to come along to meetings, put forward your suggestions and work towards seeing them come to fruition. Input at all levels is welcome.
We hope to hear from you. Please contact the Westfield Parish Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01761 410669 or look at the website to monitor the progress of the group www.westfieldparishcouncil.co.uk
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