Small electrical items recycling

We offer weekly kerbside collections for broken small electrical items that cannot be fixed or re-used. If you use a bin store with shared bins, please recycle your small electrical items using a collection point only - visit our Recycling Bring Banks page for a list of locations.

Items that can be recycled at the kerbside

All electrical items that are small enough to fit into a plastic bag can be recycled, whether they plug in, charge up, or are battery powered. 

For example: 

  • Cables
  • CD/DVD players
  • Clocks
  • Games consoles
  • Hairdryers
  • Irons
  • Radios
  • Shaving equipment
  • Smoke alarms
  • Stereos
  • Toasters
  • Watches

If items are small enough to fit into a carrier bag they can be placed on the lid of your green or blue wheelie bin for collection on your normal collection day. Please do not tie these to your bin. If you do not have a wheelie bin, please place electrical items in a plastic bag next to your sacks. These 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).

Large electrical items

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

Recycling electrical items in shops

Shops which sell electricals are legally obligated to take them back at no charge, unless they pay into the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS). Visit the GOV.UK website for further information.

How electrical items are recycled

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.