Equipment seized from noisy neighbours in Sheffield has been handed over to a recycling charity.
In the last 12 months Sheffield Council’s Environmental Protection Service has investigated over 2,000 noise nuisance complaints - resulting in more than 140 items being seized from people’s homes after they continued to cause misery to their neighbours.
Items ranging from sound systems and drills to TV sets and mobile phones that were plugged into docking systems were seized by council officers following complaints by residents at the end of their tether.
A number of verbal and written warnings were given to the owners of the equipment to give them every chance to curtail the noise nuisance.
But if there was no improvement, the council obtained a warrant from court to seize the equipment.
The council donated the items to Sheffield Reclamation Limited - known as Reclaim - so it can recycle the electrical equipment.
Darren Fitzpatrick, managing director of Reclaim, said: “We are delighted to be working with the council’s Environmental Protection team to help recycle unwanted electrical equipment.
“The trainees and staff of Reclaim will benefit from those items that can be re-used and that are appropriate, and all other items will be recycled.”
Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for housing, said: “The noise nuisance service was set up to deal with noisy neighbours who can really spoil their neighbours’ quality of life and so, if the noise problems persist, we will issue warnings and reserve the right to seize any equipment used to cause problems.
Residents can report noisy neighbours by calling 0114 203 7410.