Lichfield Cathedral joins recycling campaign to breathe new life into electronic gadgets

Revd Dr David Primrose, of Lichfield Cathedral

Submitted by Staffordshire County Council

Lichfield Cathedral has partnered with Staffordshire County Council in a new recycling project, to help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

The WEEE campaign is run by the county council and HMP Featherstone and HMP Brinsford prisons. The joint project repairs and PAT tests small broken e-waste to sell and raise money for charities and other great causes.

Lichfield Cathedral joined the project for two weekends, to help with collections for the Sunday congregation at the cathedral. Items collected included kettles, clocks and toasters; who will all be given new life rather than being eliminated.

The Reverend Dr David Primrose, of Lichfield Cathedral, said: “At Lichfield Cathedral we reflect every week on what steps we can take to make a difference. The promotion of the WEEE campaign is a good example of a collective response, which benefits the environment, helps rehabilitation and promotes the repair of broken objects rather than their disposal.

Simon Tagg, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change at Staffordshire County Council, said: “It is great that Lichfield Cathedral is joining the WEEE project. It’s the perfect opportunity to give small electrical appliances a second life and a great example of a community group doing their part to help make Staffordshire a more sustainable place to live.

The project hopes to reduce the amount of small electronic waste that ends up in landfill. Once all items have been repaired and PAT tested, they are sent to local Sue Ryder charities in Staffordshire for resale.

Project information, including what can and cannot be accepted, can be found here.

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