Recycle your white goods 

18/01/11

GMWDA has launched a scheme for Bolton residents to donate their unwanted white goods at Hurstwood Court Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC).

The new re-use service at Hurstwood Court Household Waste Recycling Centre off Raikes Lane in Bolton is now collecting residents’ unwanted washing machines, tumble driers and electric cookers and refurbishing them ready for re-use. By donating these unwanted white goods, residents will help reduce the amount of reusable electrical items being recycled and promote a sustainable lifestyle.

Last year in Greater Manchester, 13,762 tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), such as washing machines, fridges and electric cookers were recycled as scrap metal; some of which will have been in good working order and could have been refurbished for re-use. For families on a low income affordable white goods can mean the difference between the weekly expense of a laundrette or the ease and cost efficiency of a washing machine at home.

The six month pilot, delivered in partnership between Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority’s (GMWDA) and its contractor Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited (VLGM) is part of a commitment to reduce waste across Greater Manchester.  CREATE, a charity and social enterprise, will manage the scheme, which aims to see if we can make electrical re-use a viable and long-term option.

Together, this partnership project aspires to increase the amount of waste that is reused in Greater Manchester and at the same time try to make it easier for residents to consider re-use of white goods as an option and to increase the amount of quality refurbished goods on the market. Remember the more we re-use the less resource we use! So if residents are planning to buy a new washing machine or thinking of changing their electric cooker, then they can help communities in the North West by providing them with quality pre-loved goods.

The white goods will be collected on a regular basis by CREATE and taken back to their depot where they will be tested, refurbished and then sold back to the community at affordable prices with a 12 months warranty.

If this pilot scheme is successful, it will expand to a number of other HWRCs across Greater Manchester.  

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