How electrical recycling works

It starts with you

When you recycle your old electricals, you’re giving a new lease of life to a whole range of valuable materials.

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Humans! Do you know how electricals are recycled?

I am HypnoCat. Gaze into my eyes and I will show you how your old electricals and electronics change into shiny new objects.

You will remember everything.

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How electrical recycling works

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How does it work?

Do old electricals just go to developing countries?

If you recycle your old electricals in the right way, almost all the materials get processed in the UK and become a valuable UK commodity. Our electrical recycling locator shows you where to recycle old electricals to ensure this happens.

Recycled metal turned into Olympic medal

Transforming waste into national pride

Japan spent two years collecting small old electricals from all over the country ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. 80,000 tonnes of old electricals, previously regarded as waste, are being turned into 5,000 gold, silver and bronze medals for Olympians and Paralympians to wear with pride.

Find your nearest recycling point