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Electrical waste and battery recycling trial

Do you have small unwanted electrical items and batteries? We're trialling a new household recycling service on selected streets.

Further information

Why should I take part?

Tonnes of small electrical items end up in black bins every year. By collecting them separately for recycling we can reduce waste sent to landfill.

When does the trial service begin?

From 28 May 2018, households on selected roads can put their small electrical items and batteries in a separate carrier bag alongside their black bins on their bin collection day.

Do I live in a trial area?

If your road is included in the trial you will receive a leaflet explaining how to use the service. See the full list of roads part of this trial service.

If you do not live in a trial area please do not place electrical items or batteries out for collection, as the vehicles have not been equipped to carry them. Electrical items from other areas should be taken to a recycling centre

Is there a criteria for recycling electrical items?

Items can be recycled with this scheme if they:

  • Have a plug/cable or require batteries and;
  • Fit in a standard supermarket sized carrier bag and;
  • Do not contain glass or ceramic.

What can be recycled?

  • Kettles
  • Toasters
  • Hair dryers
  • Hair straighteners/tongs
  • Handheld kitchen appliances
  • Small blenders
  • Electric toothbrushes/razors
  • Electric toys
  • Lamps
  • Sat-navs
  • Cameras
  • Small DVD players/digital boxes
  • Headphones
  • Extension cables
  • Electric blankets
  • Light fittings
  • Small power tools
  • Mobile phones (ensure all personal data has been removed).
  • Household batteries.

What cannot be collected?

  • TVs and PC monitors
  • Fluorescent tubes and light bulbs
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Microwave ovens
  • Glass or ceramic items (e.g. slow cooker bowls and glass kettles)
  • Car/motorbike/industrial batteries.

This is not a comprehensive list, but gives examples of the size and type of item we can collect. Items that do not fit the requirements above will not be collected.

How do I put my electrical items out for collection?

Place your old electrical items:

  1. in a standard supermarket sized carrier bag
  2. tie it up
  3. place it next to your black refuse bin on your normal collection day by 7am. Loose batteries should be placed in a separate small bag (such as a sandwich bag), sealed and placed next to your black bin.

The refuse collection vehicles will collect the items and store them in cages attached to the vehicle, before sending them to be recycled.

What should I avoid?

Do not put any electrical waste in orange recycling bags, as we cannot separate them from other recycling materials.

Have any questions?

We've put together a list of frequently asked questions attached below, which you may find useful.