Hair iron recycling service launched just in time for Christmas

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
LSS straightens up e-waste recycling problem with Cloud Nine – Mark Russell of LSS (left) and Martin Rae of Cloud Nine (right)

LSS Waste Management and electronic hair tool manufacturer Cloud Nine have launched a hair iron recycling service, which they claim is an industry first.

The free scheme means people with old hair straighteners can download a prepaid postage label from Cloud Nine’s website, pack their items, and drop the package off at any post office.

People can send irons regardless of brand or place of purchase.

Once received, the straighteners will be stripped for parts that can be used elsewhere. All elements that can’t be reused will be delivered to LSS’s site in Leeds to be disposed of in accordance with WEEE regulations.

The service is working towards saving 1.5 million hair straighteners from going to landfill by 2022.

Mark Russell, business manager at LSS Waste, said: “The issue with e-waste isn’t that it can’t be recycled, but that it isn’t easy for the public to dispose of in a way that means it will be recycled.

“In most cases it would need to be either taken to a household waste recycling facility or a home collection arranged. Unfortunately, these services can often be inconvenient to access.

“This new service from Cloud Nine not only has the potential to significantly decrease the amount of e-waste ending up in landfill, but will hopefully spawn copycat services from other electronic manufacturers, which will see e-waste recycling soar, both in the UK and abroad.”

In the UK, two million tonnes of e-waste is incorrectly disposed of each year, 80% of which ends up in landfill.

Martin Rae, managing director of Harrogate-based Cloud Nine, said: “The amount of e-waste going to landfill, paired with the lack of awareness surrounding the severity of this waste stream growth is concerning.

“We know that the hair and beauty industry needs to take action, hence our mission to lead the industry in becoming more sustainable through our commitments to recycling and more.”

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