Recycling A to Z - Electrical equipment (small)

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Electrical equipment (small)

Can it be recycled or disposed of at the kerbside?

Yes - You can recycle this item on your bin lid (more information below)

Options for reuse, repair, recycling and disposal

Small electrical items

Small electrical items can be recycled at some bring bank sites. Visit our Bring Banks page listing all sites that take small electrical items.

We offer a kerbside collection for small electrical items. They can be recycled by placing them in a carrier bag on top of your blue, green or brown bin lid on collection day. Please do not tie the bag to your bin. If you do not have a wheelie bin, please place electrical items in a plastic bag next to your sacks. Small electrical items need to be presented separately from batteries (if you are putting small electrical items and batteries out for collection on the same day, please use a separate bag). If you use a bin store with shared bins, please recycle your small electrical items using a bring bank only.

A small electrical item is any item that plugs in, charges up or is battery powered that can fit into a standard size plastic carrier bag.

Small electrical items include:

  • Cables
  • CD/DVD players
  • Clocks
  • Electric toothbrushes and razors
  • Games consoles
  • Hair dryers and hair straighteners
  • Irons
  • Kettles
  • Lamps
  • Radios and stereos
  • Smoke alarms
  • Telephones and mobile phones
  • Toasters
  • Watches

Large electrical items

Larger electrical items that won't fit in a carrier bag, such as vacuum cleaners, televisions, fridges and washing machines can be taken to Redbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre or can be collected using our bulky waste collection service. Book a bulky waste collection.

Alternatively contact Emmaus Oxford, charity shops, advertise locally or use Oxford Freegle.

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Where does it end up?

Once the items are collected they get broken up and the different types of plastics and metals are separated for use in industry. With many of the precious metals in electrical goods becoming scarce, it's never been so important to recycle them.