Electrical recycling – it’s easier than before

There are more than 2,000 electrical recycling and reuse points in the UK – find one near you.

HypnoCat with bag of electricals saying 'Repeat after me: It feels goood to recycle' HypnoCat with bag of electricals saying 'Repeat after me: It feels goood to recycle'

As easy as ABC

Once you’ve decided to pass on or recycle your electricals, preparing them is simple.


Does your old electrical contain batteries or bulbs? Remove these before recycling. It’s your responsibility to remove personal data from smart devices and computers, so remember to take out memory cards and delete your data.


Find a bag that you can use to store all your old electricals until you can go to the recycling centre – or until collection day, if you have one.


Check our easy recycling locator to find your nearest repair, reuse or recycling point. Some councils collect directly from your home. Otherwise keep your electricals in your bag until you can visit a drop-off point.

Electrical recycling locator

Recycling our old electricals is a win-win

Protecting health and the environment and putting valuable resources back into the economy.

What’s the problem?

Discarded electricals are one of the fastest growing sources of waste – and a big threat to the environment and human health.

About the issue

Benefits of recycling

Recycling old electricals is better for the planet and your pocket. It means more jobs and saving precious resources.

About the benefits

How recycling works

From your home to your recycling centre to brand new products – the precious materials in old electricals get a new lease of life.

How recycling works

What you can recycle

Anything with a plug, battery or cable can be recycled – and most of the materials in them can be made into new products.

What can be recycled
Household electrical kitchen appliances


Recycled steel is all around us

Toasters, kettles, cookers, games consoles, computers, cars …

All these items and more use steel. And the great news is that steel is 100% recyclable – it can be melted down and turned into new objects made of steel without losing any of the original metal. It can also be recycled over and over without weakening.