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Electrical and electronic equipment

How to dispose of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

A microwave and other waste electrical appliances in a container at a recycling centre.

Any items that require batteries or need to be plugged into the mains to work are classed as WEEE. This stands for 'waste electrical and electronic equipment'. Do not dispose of these items at home. Take this waste to your local recycling centre (RC).

  • Which RC container

    Use the special waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) containers.

    There may be separate containers for smaller items such as kettles, irons, mobile phones, or areas for items such as TVs, fridges and freezers.

    Check with staff at the centre if you are unsure where to place your item.

  • Which RC accept this waste

    All our recycling centres accept WEEE.

  • Safety information

    • WEEE items must not be thrown away with your rubbish as they often contain substances which are hazardous and must be disposed of in a controlled environment.
    • For computers, laptops, mobile phones and data storage items, note that our centres are not data safe. You must ensure any personal information and data is removed before disposal.
  • Further information

    • WEEE contains valuable and reusable materials such as metals, plastic and glass. Items can be broken down and recycled into new products.
    • Collection services for small electrical items such as irons, kettles, toasters and so on are offered by some district and borough councils. 
  • You could also...

    • take your item to a local repair shop to give it new life.
    • donate it to charity, sell it, or give it away through a local community site if it's in good, working condition.
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