£1,000 community prize pot set to bring a spark to schools and community groups in Highland

Local schools, community groups and good causes, such as not-for-profit organisations and registered charities, across Highland are being given the chance to win £1,000 worth of new electrical products as part of a new responsible recycling initiative. The community prize pot has been put forward by not-for-profit Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling scheme, REPIC, in partnership with The Highland Council.

WEEE is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the UK and REPIC is a major force behind WEEE recycling - successfully financing the collection, treatment and recycling of around half of the UK’s used electrical items. This year REPIC is celebrating 10 years of successful recycling and the giveaway prize pot is the organisation’s way of giving something back to local community groups, as well as encouraging further responsible recycling.

Any local school, community group, or good cause can put itself forward for the electrical goodies, or they can nominate another cause.  They simply need to say: “What new electrical product/products do you need - up to the value of £1,000 - and why?” Followed by answering: “What does WEEE stand for?”

All eligible applications that answer the question correctly will be considered. Full details and terms and conditions are available on REPIC’s Responsible Recycling microsite www.responsible-recycling.co.uk and the closing date for applications is 27 June 2014. 

Dr Philip Morton, CEO of REPIC says: “We’re proud to celebrate 10 years of successful WEEE recycling and we wanted to mark it with a worthwhile community initiative and hopefully encourage further responsible recycling of electricals at the same time. It’s great to team up with Highland’s local authority and we’re looking forward to receiving the entries – whether the request is for something simple like a microwave - or whether it’s a higher value purchase such as washing machine or laptop.” 

Councillor Graham Mackenzie, Chair of The Highland Council’s Community Services Committee adds: “Everyone has a part to play in responsible recycling and this includes recycling WEEE. Lots of useful information can be found on how to deal with used electrical goods. The council website, is a good reference point, s is Repic’s Responsible Recycling website.”

21 May 2014
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