RECYCLE Week in Hillingdon (October 16-22) is being marked by the launch of small electrical recycling points in libraries.

It’s a bid to increase the number of electrical products being recycled, instead of being thrown away. 

New pink collection bins offer people another convenient way to recycle their items in nine libraries: Botwell Green, Ickenham, Manor Farm, Northwood Hills, Ruislip Manor, Uxbridge, Yeading, Yiewsley and Oak Farm. 

The council, working in partnership with Material Focus, a not-for-profit group which is funding the scheme, will collect items like broken kettles, hair stylers and electric children’s toys.

Small electricals can still also be donated, alongside clothes, as part of the home clothing collection scheme with the charity TRAID.

Larger items continue to be accepted at Harefield Civic Amenity Site and at the West Drayton waste weekends. 

The most common items that can be recycled as part of the council’s dry mixed collections (and may sometimes be forgotten about), include: plastic pots, tubs and trays, detergent/cleaning bottles, shampoo/conditioner bottles, empty aerosols, kitchen foil and aluminium trays 

There will be three recycling roadshows in Uxbridge, Ickenham and Ruislip this week. 

Hillingdon is seeing a steady increase in recycling rates.

Rachel Rizzo, of West Drayton, and her sons, Enzo, 11, and Theo, aged 8, are keen recyclers.

She said: “The boys love to get involved with sorting the recycling while I make sure that it’s all clean and dry.”