Householders in Hertfordshire are being urged to stop and think before disposing of old domestic appliances and electrical goods.
Hertsmere Borough Council has told people to recycle items once appliance repairs are no longer an option, rather than simply throwing old devices into the bin from where they'll end up in landfill.
To help encourage residents to recycle, the council has established a number of new recycling banks, specifically designed to accept electrical and battery powered items. The grey bins are now available at 10 recycling sites across the borough.
Cllr Jean Heywood, environment portfolio holder, said: "People are used to recycling their everyday rubbish but we'd like residents to think about the other items they throw away. Small domestic appliances such as irons, kettles, radios and hairdryers can easily be recycled now at one of the new banks or you can take them to your local tip.
"We are always looking at how we can recycle more and the roll out of these banks will help us divert a substantial amount of waste taking up valuable space in landfill."
Electrical items can also be disposed of as previously at Household Waste Recycling Centres.