Most items that have a plug or batteries must not be disposed of in your household waste, because they could contain hazardous materials including arsenic, lead and mercury.
You can tell if an item should be recycled as it will have a crossed out bin symbol on it.
Retailer take back scheme
When buying a new electrical item, the retailer may take back your old appliance in store, or give advice on alternative options for disposal. Some stores will take away your old item for free, or for a small charge.
On top of the lid of your blue bin
You can recycle your broken or unwanted small electrical items on blue bin collection day.
Put the electrical parts of your items out on the top of the lid of your blue bin on collection day and they will be taken away for recycling. You can put them in a carrier bag if you wish.
- computer screens
- *accessories or attachments (loose parts, cutting blades)
You can take these to the Household Waste Recycling centre for disposal.
- alarm clocks
- CD players
- Christmas lights
- docking stations
- electric toothbrushes
- game consoles
- power tools
Please make sure that all personal data is removed from electrical items such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets and sat navs.
Household waste recycling centre
You can also dispose of electrical items free of charge at your nearest household waste recycling centre, or you can ask us to collect it as part of a bulky waste collection.