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Published on December 1st, 2017 | by The GC Team

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REPIC campaign powers communities across the UK

REPIC, the UK’s largest WEEE producer compliance scheme, has unveiled the winners of a nationwide community campaign launched to mark the tenth anniversary of the WEEE Directive. A number of diverse community groups across the UK were awarded £500 worth of electricals as part of the Powering Communities campaign, which aimed to give something back to local authorities whilst promoting responsible recycling of old electrical items.  

In total, seven winners each used the prize vouchers to purchase a range of practical electrical items:

Shining Stars ASN Theatre School in North Lanarkshire chose some sensory light equipment to enhance the experience of the deaf or visually impaired children that attend the theatre school;

Keith Scout Group in Moray bought a fridge and a microwave so that more events can be held at the local Scout hall;

‘Care, Share and Give’ in Pembrokeshire opted for a washing machine to enable them to wash clothes and re-donate them to clothes banks or homeless people;

Fyne Futures environmental charity in Argyll and Bute purchased an industrial dryer to dry loose covers and soft furnishing to aid their furniture reuse business;

Dudley’s Children in Care council bought a tablet enabling research and note taking to take place during meetings;

Stenton Primary School in East Lothian (pictured) now have an electric oven to cook vegetables for their farm to fork project, which encourages children to grow their own vegetables;

Gavin’s Mill Fair Trade café in East Dunbartonshire bought a new fridge freezer to keep their freshly baked goods in.

Katie Slavin from Shining Stars said: “We were so happy when we heard the news that we had won the competition. We work with a lot of children who are deaf or visually impaired, so sensory equipment is really going to help them. This £500 prize contribution is a welcome surprise. We feel extremely lucky and thankful to have won!”

Mark Burrows-Smith, CEO of REPIC, says: “We received some brilliant competition entries and we’re proud that the Powering Communities campaign encouraged people to think about recycling their old electricals. It’s been great to team up with the winners in the local communities and fantastic to see how the new electrical goods are making a positive impact”.

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. To find your nearest recycling centre, visit here.

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