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.
Once you’ve decided whether to recycle or pass them on, preparing your electricals is simple
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.
Working out how to recycle your electricals starts with knowing where to go. There are loads of places that you can take your unwanted electricals for repair, reuse or recycling.
From council recycling centres to libraries, a variety of local places will welcome your old electricals. Some councils even collect from your home.
When you buy a new electrical item, check if the retailer or manufacturer will recycle your old electricals. More and more are offering this service.
Reuse centres and some charities accept electrical items in good condition that they can sell, or pass on. Find your nearest drop-off point.
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.