Last week a ‘Recycling Party’ was held at London’s Punk nightclub to emphasize the importance of recycling and reusing waste electronic equipment. Each year, in London alone, 58,000 tonnes of WEEE is created, and 150,000 tonnes of new electrical equipment is purchased.
The party was held by the European Recycling Party (EPR) a non-for profit compliance scheme for the take-back and recycling of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electric Equipment). The ERP is celebrating recycling one million
tonnes of electronic waste by holding 10 Recycling Parties across Europe.
In order to gain free entry to the club in Soho, party goers had to bring any held held item to be recycled such as an old phone, with a plug or a battery. Live performances from Man Like Me and James Yuill were shown, as well as DJ sets from Rob da Bank and Jackmaster.
The general manager of ERP, Scott Butler said: “We’ve recycled over a million tonnes of electrical waste, saving enough energy to power a million and a half homes for a year and keeping mountains of valuable material from
landfill. Next time one of your gadgets breaks, don’t bin it – recycle it. The gold in your old mobile phone could end up as jewellery or in a new phone.”