Celebs get involved in WEEE reuse

Posted on the 5th March 2021

Since last summer, REUSE have been working closely with Recycle Your Electricals to support them in their efforts to raise awareness on the importance of reusing and recycling electrical appliances. The nationwide campaign has enlisted the help of Hypnocat, a recycling obsessed, hypnotic, pink cat who will use his powers of paw-suasion to get everyone recycling their old electricals

For those of us who live and breathe reuse, the benefits are obvious and far-reaching, but the reality is that for most, old electrical appliances are a pile of unwanted goods that take up space around the house.

Why a campaign to reuse and recycle electricals?

Unwanted electricals are the fastest growing waste stream in the world – and the UK. Tackling this is a shared responsibility between producers and consumers of electricals – and will benefit us all.

Producers in the UK have an obligation to work with their customers to reduce unwanted electricals from being incinerated or sent to landfill. This is managed by the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations.

What are the benefits of reusing your electricals?

The easy answer is that it keeps them out of the waste stream.

The impact that people don’t always know about or see is that when you give your unwanted items to reuse charity this helps them provide affordable goods to people in need, it can give employment, volunteering and training opportunities to people who would otherwise struggle to find a job and of course, it saves money for the charity’s customers.

Who are the celebrities who have got behind the Recycling Your Electricals campaign?

Caprice Bourret, model donated her electricals to TLC Reuse in Ilford, read the Daily Mail article.

Actress, Tamzin Outhwaite gave her unwanted items to Emmaus Greenwich:


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Andrea McLean, author and broadcaster called up Furniture Link Surrey to reuse her electrical appliances:


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Kelle Bryan, actress, had the pleasure of having Bulky Bobs in Liverpool collect her old electricals:


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Denise van Outen, actress, singer & presenter had Lighthouse Furniture Project from Brentwood pick-up her donated items:


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Want to play your part in reusing your electricals?

Simply go to our service finder, type in your postcode and find your local reuse charity or go to Recycle Your Electrical’s Recycling Locator.

Due to the current COVID pandemic, some charities are not able to take in donations but do contact them to find out.

Find a reuse charity near you

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