Recycling small electricals can make a big difference!

Did you know that anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled? If you have a small electrical appliance like a hairdryer, iron, kettle or toaster that doesn’t work anymore and can’t be repaired, you can take it to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. Even very small items like electric toothbrushes, torches, and razors can be recycled. Battery powered items like calculators and toys too.

UK households are hiding an astonishing 527 million unwanted electricals. If all these items were recycled, it would cut as much CO2 as taking 1.3 million cars off the road!

Inside electrical items are precious materials like gold, copper, steel and aluminium. If these items are binned rather than recycled, that potential to reuse those resources is lost forever. When you recycle waste electricals, recovered plastic and metals can be used to make new products – from bicycles and children’s play areas to life-saving equipment.

As well as being able to take items to your local Household Waste Recycling Centre, you can also drop off your broken and unwanted small electricals at 20 participating libraries until 8 July. More at

Laptops, tablets and smartphones that still work can be dropped off at participating libraries and donated to the Reboot scheme. Find out more at

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