Funded projects making electrical recycling easier across the UK

Communities across the UK will find it easier to reuse and recycle small electricals thanks to an array of brilliant projects funded by Material Focus. And there’s more funding on the way – read on to see if your project is a good fit.

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What is the Electricals Recycling Fund? 

At Material Focus we want to make it easier for people to reuse and recycle their electricals.

Our Electricals Recycling Fund supports projects that build on existing methods or test new, creative and practical ways of recycling household electricals.

Launched in August 2022, the fund is currently supporting over 60 projects – from expanding kerbside collections into new neighbourhoods and adding more recycling collection points, to fresh approaches on reusing and recycling electricals and awareness-raising campaigns.

What’s next?

The success of the first year’s funding makes us all the more committed to supporting further projects. So in 2024 we’ll be opening a new round of funding for projects wanting to:

  • Test new and practical ways for people to reuse and recycle their electricals
  • Introduce kerbside collections
  • Add more collection points and bring banks

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Meet the trailblazers

Just some of the projects making reuse and recycling easier

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

Introducing a small WEEE kerbside collection service and small WEEE banks to give residents easier recycling options, directly benefiting 520,800 people.

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Library of Things

Empowering thousands of community members to get involved in electrical recycling efforts through an online community forum, new collection points and an incentives system.

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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council / Veolia

Creating a bookable collection service that will make it more convenient for over 215,000 residents to dispose of their small electrical items responsibly.

North Tyneside Council

Installing 30 additional small WEEE collection points in schools and community centres, benefitting 209,000 people – a substantial portion of North Tyneside’s population.

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Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team

Providing new local drop-off points, regular collections and educational electrical repair workshops for thousands of residents in the Lancaster West area.

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Hubbub Foundation UK

Testing collection and redistribution of small household electricals in community settings, run and managed by members of the community.

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