Residents can recycle Severn Bridge TAGs at the kerbside
Now that the toll booths have been removed on both the original Severn Bridge and the Second Severn Crossing, Forest of Dean District Council is reminding residents to put out their old TAGs for recycling at the kerbside.
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the fastest growing type of waste in the UK, but putting them in your black bin can cause serious environmental problems. They often contain hazardous substances that need to be managed properly to stop them ending up in the food chain. Some items also contain finite metals which need to be recovered.
To help residents safely dispose of their broken or old electrical and electronic gadgets the Forest of Dean District Council operates a fortnightly recycling collection service for small waste electrical and electronic equipment.
Cllr Chris McFarling, cabinet member for environment, wildlife, heritage and culture said, “To recycle your old Severn Bridge tags simply put them in a standard sized supermarket carrier bag or smaller and leave it on top of your wheeled black bin on your scheduled refuse collection day.”
Examples of other small electrical and electronic items that can be recycled in the same way at the kerbside include hairdryers, mobile phones, irons, dvd players, torches, fans and household batteries.
Cllr Sue Coakley, chair of the Gloucestershire Joint Waste Committee said, “A quick way to check if your item is classed as WEEE is to look for the symbol of a crossed-though wheeled bin on the appliance or its packaging. You can also check how your item is powered - if it uses a plug, a charger, solar, replacement or a non-replacement internal battery it should be classed as WEEE and recycled.”
Due to the limited amount of space on the collection vehicle, only small WEEE items are accepted at the kerbside for recycling in the district. Items must be bagged in order for them to be collected.
WEEE items should not be placed in the recycling boxes or blue bag but instead presented on top of the refuse bin ready for collection.
Residents should take larger WEEE items such as fridges, freezers, ovens and microwaves to the Household Recycling Centre at Oak Quarry Coleford.
The Forest of Dean District Council also offers a bulky waste collection service for these items for a small charge (up to three items costs £15 and four to six items costs £30). To use this service call 01594 810000.
Please note that opening hours and days at all household recycling centres in Gloucestershire have recently changed.
Oak Quarry is now closed every Tuesday. The current winter opening times are 10am-4pm (Wednesday-Monday).
Find out more about recycling at www.recycleforgloucestershire.com