Our Waste Campaigns Team work to let people know about our services and why it's so important to reduce, re-use and recycle. We work with residents, community groups, schools and universities. We run events, roadshows and campaigns to raise awareness of particular services and projects. Please follow the links below to find out more.
- BetterPoints recycling reward campaign - Earn rewards for recycling your small electrical items
- Friends of our Street - Residents' Toolkit - advice and downloadable materials to help keep your neighbourhood clean and tidy
- Events - scroll down to see our diary of displays, roadshows and community events
- Waste not, Want not our next re-use sale will take place on Saturday 21 September 2019 - Good quality items of pre-loved furniture, bric-a-brac, bicycles and building materials for sale at bargain prices - all saved for re-use from our Recycling Centres.
- Bath Repair Cafes - What do you do with a wobbly chair or when the zip breaks on your favourite jacket? Throw it away? No way! If you have an item that is broken or needs adjusting, bring it along to the Bath Repair Café! Come and learn how to fix items yourself with the help of a team of volunteer repair experts, all free of charge but donations welcomed. Monthly events at various venues www.facebook.com/repaircafebath
- School recycling and rubbish collections - details of what we offer and who to contact
- School activities - websites with free educational support for schools
- University students - guidance on recycling and rubbish for students living in halls and off campus
- Pass it on textiles campaign
Get rewarded… for recycling your small broken or unwanted electrical appliances
Bath and North East Somerset Council is working in partnership with BetterPoints to reward local residents for recycling their small electronic and electrical items at one of Bath and North East Somerset's recycling centres.
From August 2019 - December 2019, residents of Bath and North East Somerset will be rewarded for recycling their broken or unwanted small electrical appliances at one of Bath and North East Somerset’s recycling centres. It's easy - just take your small electricals with you next time you visit the recycling centre, download the free BetterPoints app on your smart phone and then scan the QR code located next to the electrical recycling container.
Better Points has been awarded European Climate CIC funding to run one UK trial on the impact of smart technology to motivate and reward people to reuse and recycle their household waste electrical items. They are already working with the West of England local authorities on the Travel West initiative which offers rewards for sustainable travel choices. For more information on BetterPoints and their campaigns, please click here
What small electrical items can I recycle?
Any small electrical item that has a plug or uses batteries. Lots of items fall into this category including...
What rewards can I earn?
Earn points for each scan and redeem your BetterPoints for vouchers (£2-20) for many national high street and local independent shops including Argos, Sainsburys, Costa Coffee, Evans Cycles, Morrisons, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins and many more! or you can donate points to your local community group or a charity of your choice, whether it’s national or local, it's all done in the app. If your charity isn't listed we can add them very easily. You can also earn BetterTickets for regular prize draws - the more you collect, the more chance you have of winning!
Recycle any broken or unwanted small electrical items, scan the QR code and earn 2500 BetterPoints
If you are one of the first 50 people to recycle your broken electrical goods and scan the QR code you will get an extra 2500 BetterPoints.
Then for every other item you take to the recycling centre and scan the QR code you will earn a BetterTicket into a fantastic prize monthly prize draw.
25,000 BetterPoints x 2
10,000 BetterPoints x 3
How to get started...
Download the BetterPoints App?
To get started download the BetterPoints App by visiting Google Play for Android phones or Apple Store for Iphones
How can I start earning rewards?
- Locate the BetterPoints signs at the recycling centre
- Open your BetterPoints app
- Select the play ▶ button in the top right hand corner of the app
- Select 'Scan QR Code'
- Scan the QR code on the BetterPoints sign with your phone
- Select 'Survey' and complete the short survey about your waste item
Where can I recycle my electrical items?
Bath and North East Somerset residents can take their broken or unwanted electrical items to any of the following recycling centres:
- Bath; Midland Road (off Upper Bristol Road), Bath, BA1 3AT; Google Map
- Keynsham; Pixash Lane (off main A4 Bath Road), Keynsham, BS31 1TP;
- Midsomer Norton; Old Welton, Wheelers Hill (off Radstock Road A362), Midsomer Norton, BA3 2AA.
How can I redeem my BetterPoints?
Check out the list of vouchers by tapping Redeem on the bottom navigation bar of your app. You can also give your points to your favourite charity or community group by tapping Donate.
Can I earn rewards by placing my small electrical items in my green box for recycling?
There are plans to extend this reward scheme to green box collections and to a local primary school this autumn. Further details will follow.
Terms and Conditions
You must take your small electrical items to one of the participating BANES recycling centres to earn the rewards.
Large appliances, such as washing machines, cookers and dishwashers are not included.
How can I find out more?
For further information on BetterPoints and the BetterRecycle challenge, please visit https://betterrecycle.betterpoints.uk/page/betterrecycle-challenge
Did you know that over 80% of ‘waste’ in the average primary and secondary school bin is recyclable? (WRAP report 2008) In Bath and North East Somerset we offer a comprehensive recycling and rubbish collection service for schools along with free activities for schools to encourage green behaviour from an early age.
The environment, climate change and sustainability are all highly topical subjects in the world today. They are an intrinsic element of the curriculum (including GCSE exam papers) and other aspects of school life. Learning about waste is one way to engage students with environmental issues and encourage them to take practical action at home and at school.
Raising awareness of how people can play their part in helping you to recycle more is a crucial part of our work. Every tonne we can save going to landfill saves the public purse from expen will answer your queries and provide practical tips help you recycle even more. Please see below for venues and dates - we are adding to these throughout the year.
We also offer practical advice to help you make the most of your weekly food waste recycling collection, and how to line your food waste caddy with everyday plastic bags and newspaper.
We are also happy to offer free recycling talks to community groups - contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Diary of road shows and community events
Keep looking here for events as we confirm them ...
Recycling Depot open Day
Saturday 21 September from 10 am to 12 noon at the old MOD building (next to the Recycling Centre) at Pixash Lane, Keynsham BS31 ITP.
We know that there are many items that our residents bring to our Recycling Centres that are too good for recycling and could be re-used instead - these include furniture, bric-a-brac, bicycles, and some building materials.
We’ve now started setting items aside for the next sale where we will be pleased to offer these to our residents at bargain prices starting from £5 - and some items will even be given away for free.
We’re collecting now, so when you next visit our Recycling Centres at Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton where we have space for donations, please donate any items you think would still be useful to someone else. To view the list of items we collect for our re-use sales, please click here. Please see the site staff so they can set your donations aside.
So whether you’re looking to furnish your home or looking for a piece of furniture to upcycle, or materials for a garden project, come along and grab yourself a bargain.
Saturday 21 September 2019
Saturday 23 November 2019
There are now 3 cafes running regularly in Bath- What do you do with a wobbly chair or when the zip breaks on your favourite jacket? Throw it away? No way! If you have an item that is broken or needs adjusting, bring it along to the Bath Repair Café! Come and learn how to fix items yourself with the help of a team of volunteer repair experts, all free of charge. Find out more https://www.facebook.com/RepairCafeBath