Not "him indoors" of course, but his truckload of useless stuff!
Yes, it's Recycle Week 2010, which runs until 27th June, and this year's theme is Love your Electricals, encouraging us to finally part with our useless gadgets. That's anything with a battery or plug and could include broken toasters and kettles, old mobile phones or disused power tools, all of which could either be reused or recycled.
But did you know getting rid of this stuff is actually easier said than done!
According to a survey carried out by ICM Research, many of us have deep-seated issues associated with ditching our electrical clutter and cling onto our wired smalls even when we no longer have a use for them. No matter whether they are broken or have been replaced by a more recent model, we leave them lurking in attics, garages, cupboards and drawers.
Apparently we hold onto these items for both sentimental and practical reasons. Indeed the results of the survey revealed the following feedback from participants.
- 40% feel too sad to part with an item they no longer use
- 41% hoped the item might come in handy some day, or that they might be able to pass them on to someone
- 23% feel that small electrical items seem too valuable just to throw away
- 29% hang on to them because they are not sure what to do with them
If this sounds like you or certain members of your family - and yes a few of mine come to mind - the folk at Recycle Now might be able to offer some timely assistance.
For the latest Recycle Week campaign, they've partnered with the British Heart Foundation, who are accepting at their furniture and electrical reuse centres, unwanted electrical and electronic products that are still in working order. And by dropping off your gadgets you will be doing your bit for charity too.
But if your gizmo is totally defunct and can't be fixed, don't lose hope as there's good old fashioned recycling to hand, where you can drop off your broken electronics at your local recycling centre and the components will be saved to create new products further down the line.
So if you want to find out more, pop along to the Recycle Now website for all the information you'll need. And if you really do have issues separating yourself from your beloved broken bits, there's even an agony aunt available to lend a hand, a nice old lady with curly grey hair who comes with an interactive set of cheesy content that will help keep you entertained while you ponder your declutter.
Not bad eh! Far more useful than dumping it into landfill. And if this video is anything to go by Mr A had better keep a tight grip on his games consoles, as I can see myself heading straight to the jewellers armed with a screwdriver.