75% of the materials in old electrical items can be recycled. The UK throws out 155,000 tonnes of electricals every year, instead of reusing or recycling them.
To reduce your electrical waste, you can:
- pass on working items to friends or family, a local charity shop or reuse organisation, or sell them online
- make use of our small electrical collection service, if you live in a property with a wheelie bin
- take your old and broken electronics to one of our Reuse and Recycling centres
- get more information about recycling your electricals on the Recycle Your Electricals website
- donate your large domestic appliances to be refurbished or reused at Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre - if you have a car, you can drop repairable items in good cosmetic condition to Rework, at Smugglers Way Reuse Area (Bay B)
- check whether shops you plan to buy your new large electrical appliances from offer a take-back service for your old appliance
- book a bulky waste collection for any unusable electricals or appliances that you cannot transport from your home
Fix your devices
Fix devices yourself by following The Restart Project’s top tips on fixing cameras, laptops, printers and mobiles. The Restart Project also runs regular parties where you can learn how to repair your electricals with the help of a professional .
The Library of Things also holds repair parties where you can learn how to repair your broken items. You can also rent electrical tools, rather than needing to buy them.