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Issue:- 19 August 2010

£millions of e-waste ‘thrown out’ by Merseyside households

MERSEYSIDE households are losing out on millions by throwing their old electrical gadgets away, according to new research. Every year people in Britain throw away more than a million tonnes of electrical waste, much of it ending in landfill and proving hazardous to the environment.

Market research conducted by new site,, the UK’s first recycling website to offer cash for all types of electrical waste, found the average value of a recycled gadget is £30, whilst the average household in Merseyside has three unwanted electrical items.

The site expects the three most common electrical items lying around the home to be phones, laptops and cameras.

Chris Rogerson, who is the co-founder of, said:- “We’re launching this site to combat electrical waste and reward consumers for being green. In most circumstances, old electronics have a financial value and it’s up to us to help people extract that. Not only does recycling electrical gadgets, line your pockets, it also helps the environment by saving as much as 200,000 tonnes of waste from landfill. This is the first site of its kind that offers to reward the general public for all electrical items with cash for complying with the European WEEE Directive. The site has instant valuations and free collection and we’re aiming to hand over more than £10m in our first year.”

The site has teamed up with the Woodland Trust, the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity, making a voluntary donation towards planting trees in the UK for every electrical product recycled on the site.

Yasmine Davies at the Woodland Trust, said:- “By recycling with you will be directly contributing to our “More Trees, More Good” campaign which aims to plant 20 million native trees in the UK every year for the next 50 years. The UK is one of the least wooded countries in Europe with four per cent woodland cover, but we need twice as much as this. Businesses like make it easy for everyone to do their part in improving our environment. Every time any electrical item is recycled, you’ll be making a real difference.”


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Council Tax Rebate Scam

A similar scam reported also seemingly from a non-British call centre, claims to be from an agent from Sefton Council stating that the recipient has been paying Council Tax for too high a band for many years and that the government has now ordered a repayment. They already know most details about the recipient. The caller is very plausible, stating that she is not authorized to ask for details, but then goes on to ask for details of a credit/debit card just to check. She also states then that if you refuse, then the offer will be lost. When challenged, the polite and helpful manner is dropped as is the ‘phone'. The number is withheld so one is unable to ring them back, or identify them. A representative of Sefton council stated that a similar scam operated some time ago, another call had been reported and they were concerned and are trying to trace the call. If you receive this, or other ‘good news’ offer do not give any information. Always check the validity of and unsolicited call.  Also if you have if you have any information on these types of calls report them to Sefton Council and your telephone provider.

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