Comply Direct launch successful waste electrical recycling initiative with North Yorkshire primary schools

Skipton-based environmental consultancy Comply Direct, recently held an electrical waste recycling competition across 7 North Yorkshire primary schools, to educate the upcoming generation about the importance of recycling and boost recycling levels in the area. This was in collaboration with local businesses Electrical Waste Recycling Group, a government approved and authorised electrical waste recycling facility, and leading trade supplier of educational toys Brainstorm.

Collectively, across just over a 2-week period, the schools gathered an impressive 1.1 tonnes of electrical and battery waste, including IT equipment and household electricals, which will all be recycled and will have 100% diversion from landfill. EWRG collected the waste from each school for recycling at their authorised treatment facility site in Huddersfield. EWRG are one of Comply Direct’s trusted recycling partners who they work with to collect, treat and recycle customers’ electrical waste from all over the UK.

The school who collected the most waste electricals and batteries was Gargrave School and they have won a brilliant prize for their efforts; firstly, a selection of scholastic toys kindly donated by one of Comply Direct’s customers, educational toys and gifts supplier Brainstorm, who are also based locally over the border in Lancashire. In addition, the winning school has opportunity to take their pupils to visit EWRG’s recycling facility in Huddersfield to see what happens to their waste electricals once collected.

In light of the ongoing electrical waste recycling challenges in the UK, with the majority of waste electrical goods still ending up in landfill and the fact that per person, the UK creates the second highest levels of electronic waste in the world, Comply Direct want to educate the upcoming generation from an early age on the importance of electrical recycling, as well as their families, whilst helping to boost recycling levels in the area, both initially and hopefully going forward long-term.

The aim of the recycling competition was for the pupils, parents/families/carers and staff from each school to bring in their old or unwanted electrical household items for recycling and place them in specialised containers provided and installed by EWRG. There was one provided for electricals and a separate container for waste batteries. Prior to the project launching, Comply Direct worked with the schools involved to educate and provide resources about the waste electrical recycling process, including why batteries from their electrical waste goods must be stored separately before being collected for recycling.

Thank you to all the primary schools who took part in the competition – Settle Primary, Embsay Primary, Gargrave Primary, Carleton Endowed Primary, Greatwood Primary, Christchurch C of E Primary and Sutton-in-Craven C of E.

Following this initial trial, Comply Direct’s long-term aim for the initiative is to expand their target area, opening up the scheme to more schools and communities, and look to make this an ongoing project in order to considerably boost electrical waste recycling in the area and make a lasting difference. Any further activity will be decided upon once they have gathered feedback from stakeholders, and evaluated the results and overall impacts of this trial.