Recycling Electrical Items

Recycling Electrical Items

Recycling Electrical Items

Most people know that they can recycle some electrical items from their homes, but do you really know just how much more you can recycle? Did you know that you should never throw batteries in any kind of bin?

To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is marked with the crossed-out wheelie bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with this symbol) in your bin:

Symbol found on electrical items saying do not throw in bins

 

You can find it on the back of things like mobile phones, calculators and toys. This kind of item is the UK’s fastest growing type of waste. You can find more information about this problem from the Recyle Your Electricals campaign.

Please do not place small electrical items in your blue bin. If you have old or broken things like toasters, kettles, remote controls or coffee machines, please take these to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre

Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, in fact, you can recycle anything with a plug, battery or cable.

This helps to save natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle electrical equipment it may end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health. Sometimes electrical items can cause fires if not disposed of correctly.

You can follow these tips to increase what electrics you recycle:

  • Take small electrical items to our Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs)
  • You can also get larger electrical items like ovens, TVs and dishwashers recycled at our HWRCs
  • Fridges and Freezers can be recycled at our Walbottle HWRC only
  • Some shops offer a recycling and collection service when you buy a new appliance.
  • Look up local recycling companies on the internet. Some companies can break down items and extract useful metals for recycling.

What can I recycle at a HWRC?

Remember you can recycle all these items:

  • High-tech electronic devices – can include phones, mobile phones, remote controls, chargers, radios, VCRs, digi-boxes, speakers, hi-fi units, electronic toys, laptops, tablets/computers.
  • Personal care – can include hairdryers, hair straighteners, electric toothbrushes, hair trimmers, shavers, hair curlers, facial saunas, power showers.
  • Small kitchen appliances – can include kettles, toasters, irons, blenders, smoothie makers, sandwich toasters, coffee machines, food processors, bread makers, electric scales.
  • DIY and garden electrical – can include drills, power tools, powered garden shears, strimmers, sanders, angle grinders, chainsaws, lawnmowers, garden sprinklers.

You can take these to our HWRCs for recycling.

What do sites accept for recycling?

Walbottle

Brunswick

Byker

Batteries (domestic)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Batteries (vehicle)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electrical and electronic equipment

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fluorescent tubes and low energy bulbs

Yes

Yes

Yes

Fridges

Yes

No

No

Televisions and monitors (CRTs)

Yes

Yes

Yes

White goods/domestic appliances (not including fridges)

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

What can I do if I cannot get to a HWRC?

There are options for recycling some of these products.  Recycle Your Electricals can help you find participating local shops for recycling electrical items. They also give advice about the kinds of items you can recycle.

You can also book a bulky waste collection. This covers not only things like fridges and ovens, but if you have bags or boxes of small electrical items, we can collect those too! Just list the number of bags and boxes you have for collection.

You could also look at selling or trading in electrical items. You can do this via online auctions, trading websites or some second-hand goods stores. This can help the environment and your pocket!

Re-using your unwanted items

If you have unwanted electrical items that are safe and in good working order, why not get them re-used?

This can be cheaper than a bulky collection and can also help families or individuals in need. This also helps the environment and the wider community as well as your pocket!

Please note these are separate organisations to Newcastle City Council and we are not responsible for content on their websites.

Organisation

Contact Number

Orange Box

0191 2242116

CT Furniture

0800 9174397

British Heart Foundation (BHF)

0808 2500130

Saint Oswald's Hospice

0191 2468123

 

 

 

 

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