Transforming what we do with our old electricals

About us

We are on a mission to ensure materials from old electricals are never wasted.

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What is the campaign?

The Recycle Your Electricals is a UK-wide campaign to encourage and make it easier for everyone to reuse and recycle unwanted electricals, rather than throwing them away or hoarding them.

The campaign is brought to you by Material Focus, a not-for-profit organisation. Our vision is of a world where materials are never wasted.

Material Focus was formerly called the WEEE Fund.

How we’re making it happen

Inspiration

We inspire people to change their behaviour. We do this by revealing the hidden value of the materials in our old electricals, and providing practical information on how to recycle them.

Insight

We fund technical research on the barriers to reusing and recycling old electricals. Insight from this research galvanises new and innovative approaches to recycling.

Investment

We work with partners to grow the number and type of collection points, making it easier for everyone to recycle their old electricals.

How we’re funded

Material Focus is funded by producers of electrical appliances. The UK government sets annual targets for the recycling of all waste electricals, including small electricals, under the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations. If producers of electrical appliances don’t meet this target then they contribute towards a WEEE compliance fee fund.

We manage this fund to support action that will increase the levels of reuse and recycling of old electricals across the UK. For more information on WEEE Regulations, please click below.

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Our Board and governance

Material Focus has a Board made up of trade associations representing the producers of electrical appliances. The Board is responsible for overseeing the work of the campaign, guiding strategy and holding the organisation to account. It has ultimate responsibility in law for the management of the campaign’s funding and the work of the organisation.

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