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Small rechargeable electricals collections

From Monday 5 June 2023 we will be collecting small rechargeable electricals.

These items should be presented in a supermarket carrier bag by the side of your blue-lidded recycling bin, or blue recycling sack. Individual items should be no larger than a shoe box (so around 30cm x 20cm or 12" x 8"). Your collection days can be viewed on our waste collection calendar (opens new window).

Many rechargeable items contain lithium-ion batteries. These can cause fires if not disposed of properly.

Your unwanted electricals contain valuable materials including metals such as gold, copper, steel, and aluminium. These materials can be recovered and become valuable commodities to the UK economy. They are then re-processed into new products - from bicycles to life-saving equipment.

Items we will collect

  • smart speakers / MP3 players
  • electric toothbrushes
  • shavers/trimmers
  • all vapes and e-cigarettes
  • smart watches
  • mobile phones (remove all data and SIM cards, see How do I delete my data? (opens new window) to assist you with this)
  • digital cameras / camcorders
  • charging devices/power banks/docking stations
  • wireless earphones
  • laptops/notebooks (no larger than 30cm x 20cm (12" x 8"))
  • tablets/e-readers (iPad, kindle, etc)
  • wireless controllers (for games consoles)
  • personal digital assistants (PDAs)

Items that will not be collected

Any mains-powered electrical item that needs to be plugged in to work, or individual rechargeable items larger than a shoe box, for example:

  • Christmas tree with fixed lights
  • fairy lights (mains powered and battery powered) Kettles
  • toasters/sandwich makers
  • air fryers
  • coffee machines
  • microwaves
  • radios / CD players / mains powered smart speakers 
  • white goods (fridges, freezers, fridge-freezers, washing machines, dishwasher, etc) Large item reuse and collection should be used for these items
  • rechargeable power tools where bigger than a shoe box
  • portable vacuum cleaners
  • irons
  • mains powered smart assistants (Alexa's, Google assistants)
  • games consoles
  • hairdryer/mains powered curling tongs or hair straighteners
  • smoke detectors

All electrical items can be recycled at your local HRC.

Local charity shops may be happy to receive donations of unwanted Christmas presents, textiles and shoes that are in good condition. If you have large items to dispose you can take these to your Household recycling centres (HRCs) or arrange collection via our Large item reuse and collection.

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