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Bring along your old electricals

People in the Chesterfield area are being urged to give their unwanted household electricals a new lease of life for a chance to win £50.

Everyone who brings an appliance to Derbyshire County Council’s Bright Sparks re-use and recycling event will get the chance to enter into a prize draw to win shopping vouchers.

The event run in partnership with Chesterfield Borough Council will take place on Sunday 24 July in the car park of Morrisons Supermarket at Barnfield Close in Staveley S43 3UL.

Unwanted electricals can be dropped off between 10am and 4pm.

Suitable working items will be safety-tested by Ashgate Hospicecare then used to help families on tight budgets or sold at low prices in their shops.

Broken electrical items will be recycled into useful new products. Electrical goods contain valuable resources, such as precious metals and for example, one iron contains enough steel to make 13 cans.

County Councillor Dean Collins, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure, said: “We ran one of these events in Hasland last year and it was very successful. More than 200 items of electrical equipment were brought to the event for re-use or recycling.

“This year we’re hoping even more people will dig out their unwanted electricals and bring them along to Staveley Morrisons to be in with a chance of winning £50 worth of shopping vouchers.

“Dealing with waste which residents put in their non-recycling bin costs us £20 million per year at a time when we’re getting less money from central Government to run council services. So it’s increasingly important that we recycle as much as we possibly can and all the electricals we collect at our Bright Sparks event will be put to good use.”

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We are always keen to work in partnership with the county council to support events like this because they help to get out the message about the importance of recycling.

“Recycling makes sense from an environmental point of view but for tax payers there is also a financial incentive for doing it because it helps keep council tax rates lower if less money is wasted on paying landfill tax charges to dispose of waste that could be recycled instead.”

The items that will be accepted on the day for recycling and re-use include:

  • Fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers
  • Flat screen TVs
  • DVD players
  • Microwaves
  • Electric cookers
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Washing machines
  • Tumble dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Music systems
  • Lawnmowers and strimmers
  • Other garden electric equipment
  • Electric heaters
  • Electric fans
  • Working lamps
  • Power tools
  • Radios
  • Irons
  • Kettles
  • Hair dryers
  • Toasters
  • Food mixers

Please note the following items will go for recycling only:

  • TVs (non-flat screen)
  • PCs and monitors
  • Printers and scanners
  • Games consoles and set top boxes
  • Keyboards, mice and modems
  • Mobile phones
  • Household batteries

Unfortunately we can’t accept industrial or commercial equipment or light bulbs of any sort.

Chesterfield borough residents can also now recycle small electrical items such as irons, mobile phones and hairdryers by placing them on top of the lid of their blue bin on collection day. Personal data from items such as phones, laptops and sat navs should be removed first.

Household electricals can also be taken to any of Derbyshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres. Visit for details.

First published on 19 July 2016 Last updated on 07 July 2017