You can recycle unwanted items by using any of our reuse and recycle schemes. We recommend you recycle batteries, furniture, mobile phones and computers.
Sections in this guide (click title to view)
- 1. Battery recycling
- 2. Computer reuse and recycling
- 3. Furniture recycling
- 4. Mobile phone recycling
- 5. Small electrical and electronic items
1. Battery recycling
When you recycle batteries, the raw materials can be reused to make other products. This helps save resources by reducing the need to mine new materials.
When not disposed of safely, batteries can pollute the soil and water and potentially harm human health. They can contain harmful chemicals such as lead, mercury or cadmium.
What type of batteries can I recycle?
You can recycle any ‘portable’ battery. These range from AA and AAA batteries, mobile phone and camera batteries, through to button cell batteries that are found in hearing aids and watches. If a battery is industrial, automotive or too big to be carried by hand, they cannot be recycled as household batteries. For information on where you can take these, visit reuse and recycling centres.
Here are some examples of household items that use portable batteries.
- cordless power tools
- CD players, mindisks and MP3 players
- electric toothbrushes
- hand-held vacuum cleaners
- hearing aids
- laptops and computers
- mobile phones
- portable cameras
- remote controls e.g televisions and DVD players
You can also recycle rechargeable batteries when they come to the end of their lifespan.
Where can I recycle my batteries?
You can recycle your household batteries at any of our libraries and at a range of high street shops. The following places all have household battery recycling points.
- Currys, 51-57 Effra Road, SW2 1BZ
- Mothercare, 416 Brixton Road, SW9 7AY
- Poundland, 464-466 Brixton Road, SW9 8EA
- Sainsburys, 425 Brixton Road, SW9 8HE
- Sainsburys, 266-270 Brixton Hill, SW2 1HP
- Superdrug, 452-456 Brixton Road, SW9 8EA
- Tesco Express, 109, Tulse Hill, SW2 2QB
- WH Smith, 427 Brixton Road, SW9 8HE
- Boots, 174-180 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UG
- Sainsburys, 133 Clapham High Street, SW4 7SL
- Sainsburys, 33 Clapham High Street, SW4 7TP
- Tesco, 65 Clapham High Street, SW4 7TG
- Boots, 98-99 Lower Marsh SE1 7AB
- Sainsburys, 101 Waterloo Road, SE1 8XP
- B&Q, 304-322 Norwood Road, SE27 9AF
- Sainsburys, 364-366 Norwood Road, SE27 9AG
- Superdrug, 509-513 Norwood Road, SE27 9DL
- Tesco, 551A Norwood Road, SE27 9DL
- Sainsburys, 172-176 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BJ
- Sainsburys, 480 Streatham High Road, SW16 3PY
- Tesco Express, 42-50 Streatham High Road, SW16 1DA
- WH Smith, 180-182 Streatham High Road, SW16 1B
- Brixton Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ
- Carnegie Library, 188 Herne Hill Road , SE24 0AG
- Clapham Library, 1 Northside, Clapham Common, SW4 0QW
- Durning Library, 167 Kennington Lane , SE11 4HF
- Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY
- South Lambeth Library, 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP
- Streatham Library, 63 Streatham High Road, SW16 1PL
- Waterloo Library, 114-118 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE
- West Norwood Library, Norwood High Street, SE27 9JX
2. Computer reuse and recycling
If you would like to donate IT equipment for reuse, try one of these local organisations. Please be aware there is a charge for some of these services.
Community Technology is a registered charity based in Streatham Hill which collects, refurbishes and revitalises retired IT equipment, and then passes freshly configured, low-cost PCs to low-income or community groups, charitable organisations, small businesses and any other takers.
Data-destruction software is used to ensure that all information is cleared from the computer before it is reused.
Please be aware there is a charge for this service.
Eco Computer Systems offer IT recycling and IT refurbishment facilities to householders, businesses of all sizes, local authorities, schools and not-for-profit organisations.
3. Furniture recycling
If you have recently treated yourself to some new furniture don’t throw out your originals, please remember that they can be distributed to people who need them.
Lambeth are working in partnership with Emmaus to provide a free reuse collection service to give unwanted furniture and household items a new lease of life.
The service, which collects furniture and large electricals in a good repairable condition, supports Emmaus's work with homeless people in South London.
The items collected will be sold in one of Emmaus's charity shops and therefore only items suitable for resale can be collected.
To book your collection call Emmaus Lambeth 020 8761 4276 or visit the Emmaus website.
Alternatively, if your items are not suitable for reuse, you can call the Lambeth Service Centre on 020 7926 9000 to arrange a bulky waste collection.
4. Mobile phone recycling
If you have a mobile handset you no longer need, you can recycle it.
It is estimated there are over 20 million mobile phones in the UK which the owner no longer uses.
Phones and their batteries contain elements such as mercury and nickel, which if not disposed of properly can damage the environment.
There are many options available to sell your handset. Either search online or visit your local mobile phone store for more information.
You are advised to clear any personal information from the memory of the mobile phone you wish to donate or sell.
5. Small electrical and electronic items
Small electrical and electronic devices such as irons, kettles and hairdryers can be recycled at one of our local on-street recycling points. Use the map to find your nearest point and see the range of materials you can recycle there.