Small electrical items and Tetrapaks can now be deposited for recycling at a leisure centre and the City Council’s HQ, thanks to a council pilot scheme starting today (Monday September 6th).

Clifton Leisure Centre and Loxley House in the city centre are two of the first designated drop-off points taking part in the scheme, with other locations including more leisure centres and community centres to be added.

The move aims to help increase recycling of unwanted small electrical items such as mobile phones, chargers, electronic toys, hairdryers and smaller kitchen appliances such as toasters or electric scales that are small enough to fit into a carrier bag. It will also allow Tetrapak cartons – widely used for items such as long-life milk, juice and Pringles – to be deposited provided they are clean, dry and empty. While recyclable, Tetrapaks are often not collected during residential kerbside recycling collections due to the material being difficult to process and separate at local recycling facilities.

City Council Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Waste Services, Cllr Sally Longford, said: “These new recycling points across the city will make it easier for residents to recycle unwanted electrical items and Tetrapak cartons.

“Residents should use these banks to save space in their general waste bins and avoid contaminating their recycling bins. With recycling week coming up, we are trying to encourage more recycling of a wider range of products that cannot be put in your household recycling bins.”

You can find your local recycling drop off point for small electrical items and Tetrapak cartons at