Ruth Jones MP and Jessica Morden MP alongside staff at Newport Wastesavers, holding laptops.
Ruth Jones MP and Jessica Morden MP alongside staff at Newport Wastesavers, holding laptops.

Jessica Morden and Ruth Jones MP have backed Wastesavers to recycle old electronics as families across Newport get to work with their annual New Year clearouts.

Since officially opening its doors in July of last year, the Wastesavers Reuse Centre in Maindee has given locals the opportunity to reuse and recycle unwanted furniture and electronics. As well as providing the opportunity for shoppers to scoop up some great bargains along the way too.

In the months since its opening, Wastesaver Reuse Centre has processed over 1600 items of unused IT equipment weighing over 3 Tons in total, meaning that a significant quantity of scrap and rare earth metals have been re-used or recycled instead of ending up in landfill.

Member of Parliament for Newport East Jessica Morden said:

“Like me, I’m sure there are many people with old devices in drawers and cupboards that no longer work that they’d like to dispose of but don’t know how to in a way that doesn’t compromise the planet or any old data.

 

“It’s great to know that Wastesavers can take care of these unwanted electricals by accepting broken devices in the weekly blue box recycling collection or, if the device is still working, by accepting them at the Reuse Centre in Maindee, or the Tip Shop to be repaired and reused.”

According to the United Nations E-Waste Monitor, the United Kingdom is one of the largest producers of e-waste in Europe, with Member of Parliament for Newport West and Shadow DEFRA Minister Ruth Jones commenting:

“It’s been great to visit Wastesavers in Newport East today and speak to staff about the fantastic work they’ve been doing recycling & re-using furniture and old electronics. E-waste is a mounting challenge we face right across the world but especially here in the UK.

 

“It’s fantastic we’ve got Wastesavers here in our city to help prevent unused electronics from going to waste in landfill.”

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