Chance to win share of cash pot

Published Date: 

10 May 2017 - 16:31

Community groups, schools and good causes across Argyll and Bute are being offered the chance to win £500 worth of electrical vouchers.

It is part of a new campaign designed to promote responsible recycling.

Powering Communities has a total prize pot of £5000 up for grabs and entries are being invited now.

Argyll and Bute Council and REPIC, the not-for-profit waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer recycling scheme, are running the initiative.

Jim Smith, the council’s head of roads and amenity services, said: “We’ve worked in partnership with REPIC for over 10 years and in that time the partnership has provided opportunities for residents across Argyll and Bute to recycle their waste electrical appliances and materials through our community recycling sites.

“This initiative is a great opportunity to bring further benefit to communities and to encourage responsible recycling.

“We look forward to seeing who the lucky winner is – good luck to everyone taking part.”

Mark Burrows-Smith, CEO of REPIC, said: “We’re proud to have collected and treated over two million tonnes of WEEE to date and hope that the Powering Communities campaign will encourage people to think about responsibly recycling their old electricals, particularly when they purchase new ones.

“It’s great to team up with Argyll and Bute Council and we’re looking forward to receiving the entries.”

It is open to all local groups, schools and good causes such as registered charities and not-for-profit organisations.

The awards are £500 of vouchers towards the purchase of new electrical products.

Entries should be made online via REPIC’s Responsible Recycling website – www.responsible-recycling.co.uk. Entrants will be asked to answer the questions: ‘What electrical product do you need and how will it make a difference?’ and ‘What is the name of the REPIC Robot mascot?’

Closing date for applications is 19 June. All eligible applications that answer the questions correctly will be considered.

REPIC has launched its Powering Communities campaign to mark 10 years since the introduction of the Government’s WEEE Directive. The organisation is also celebrating its long-term partnerships with 10 selected local authorities across the UK, including Argyll and Bute.

With WEEE being one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the UK, REPIC is a major force behind WEEE recycling, successfully financing collection, treatment and recycling of over half the UK’s used electrical items.

NOTE TO EDITORS

Successfully financing the collection, treatment and recycling of around half of the UK’s used electrical items, REPIC is a major force behind recycling WEEE, one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the UK.

REPIC is a not-for-profit company established in January 2004 by leading companies in AMDEA, SEAMA and Intellect – three of the main trade associations in the electrical and electronics industry – to meet their producer obligations under the WEEE Directive.