This is how you can find out where to go in Sheffield to recycle quirky items like mascara wands or toothbrush heads

Want to know where to recycle old mascara wands or an electric toothbrush head? A Sheffield company has created a handy new online tool to help people find their nearest recycling centre for more quirky items.

By Lucy Ashton, Local Democracy Reporter
Thursday, 20th February 2020, 2:40 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th February 2020, 4:41 pm

Intelligent Facility Solutions, based at the Electric Works in the city centre, is usually busy helping other businesses become more environmentally friendly but has turned its attention to the local community to help everyone recycle more easily.

People can log on to the website here and enter their postcode before selecting which items they want to dispose of from a drop down menu.

It includes conventional recycling sites, and TerraCycle points out items that are harder to recycle and has information on what to do with difficult to dispose of plastics.

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Greg Dunn; New Business Development Executive At Intelligent Hand Dryers

The site also features charities and shops that have their own recycling schemes and there is a ‘Recycling in Sheffield’ Facebook group for people to share their ideas and knowledge.

In the longer term, the firm aims to sponsor groups in the city who would be prepared to take on responsibility for collectively recycling in their area.

Andrew Cameron, Intelligent Facility Solutions founder, said: “I find the lack of information available on recycling in our city frustrating, as I know many people do, so we decided to use our company resources to do something about it.

“Our ultimate aim is to facilitate people coming together in their local communities to help each other recycle.

“The response we’ve had in the days since launching the tool has been phenomenal, which just goes to show there’s a real hunger among residents to up their recycling game. The work we have done so far should go some way to helping them do that.”

Green councillor Paul Turpin added: “The recyclable waste we are allowed to place in our household bins is limited to say the least but there are many good recycling services and facilities around us.

“It’s just a case of knowing where they are and this tool has come at the perfect time and will make a real difference.”