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Free event – learn how to save money and protect the environment by keeping electrical items in use longer 

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Anyone wondering what to do with old or broken electrical equipment can find out at our free event on Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the new Revaluit pay-what-you-can shop and Hub workspace in Castle Square , Brighton, BN1 1EE.

The event is funded by the EU Interreg BLUEPRINT project.

Councilor Pete West said: “Most people have forgotten cables, old phones and other unused tech lying around – but even when they break down, most devices can be refurbished and reused.

“It doesn’t just save money, it’s also better for the environment. This event is a fantastic opportunity for people to learn how to manage their old technology effectively.”

8% of all e-waste goes to trash

Items such as cell phones, electric toothbrushes, toasters and cameras are often disposed of incorrectly and account for a significant proportion of the 8% of all e-waste thrown into the bins.

This is then landfilled or incinerated, which means that the important raw materials it contains cannot be extracted and are lost. In Europe, up to 1.4 kg of electronic waste per inhabitant ends up in the general waste bin each year.

Small appliances are easily stored and forgotten in drawers, closets, garages, basements and attics. In an average European household, up to 5 kg of electronic devices per person are currently stored.

During the event, those present will be able to:

  • Watch a live “teardown” and see what’s inside the devices we use.

  • Find out how electrical appliances can be refurbished and reused locally.

  • Learn about options for safely disposing of devices.

  • Explore an “exploded view” of devices such as mobile phones and laptops. You won’t believe what’s inside!

Talk to experts

Experts from The Restart Project will be on hand to talk about the “Right to Repair” campaign, which aims to tackle the difficulties consumers face when trying to repair electrical appliances.

Information on where you can bring your electrical appliances for repair locally will also be available.

Tech-Takeback, a local non-profit organization, will be there to answer questions about the RevaluElectricals scheme which provides a collection and home refurbishment service for donated small electrical appliances in Brighton & Hove.

A representative from the local partnership, Digital Brighton & Hove, will speak to visitors about their work, how they can help people connect and their aim to create a more digitally confident city.

Just show up – or you can register your attendance on Event Brite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/electricals-the-circular-economy-keeping-electricals-in-use-for-longer-tickets – 443281616247?aff=odcleoeventsincollection

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