Huddersfield MP campaigns for greater recycling education at WEEE site

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Sheerman at the CEF site

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman has teamed up with electrical waste wholesaler CEF to educate young people on the importance of recycling.

Sheerman, who is chairman of environmental charity Urban Mines, visited the site in Kirkheaton with his adviser James Horne on 20 July.

This was shortly after a group of schoolchildren visited the site to learn about the process of WEEE recycling.

He said: “It is long overdue that we start to see the waste from our cities and towns not as waste, but as a valuable resource. There’s also an issue of geographical disparity that we must overcome. Some areas are innovative in their waste recycling, while others have a long way to go up.

“I absolutely feel that education holds the key to addressing both issues.”

CEF is the only electrical wholesalers in the country with its own recycling facility and is run by Electrical Waste Recycling Group (EWRG).

It stores, transports and disposes of electrical waste as well as offering recycling to customers as an in-house service.

Jane Richardson, compliance manager for electrical waste, said the visit was a great opportunity to show the next generation the importance of reducing waste and protecting the planet.

She said: “Feedback from the school was extremely positive, with pupils eager to educate their peers and parents about what they had learnt. We’d like to help educate more people about this issue, with the help of the local community.”

CEF and EWRG now plan to work with local government to do more to raise awareness of the importance of electrical recycling to both the environment and the economy.

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