What should you do with your old electrical items?

Electrical item graphicSo, you’ve bought a new washing machine, television, microwave, hairdryer or something else electrical or electronic, but what should you do with your old one?

Electrical items are classed as hazardous waste due to the nature of some of their components.   This requires careful recovery of the materials used in order to protect people and the environment.

Because of this electrical items shouldn’t be put into your rubbish bin and definitely not into your recycling bin.

There are several things you can do if you no longer want or need your old electrical or electronic items.

Remember, it is your responsibility to remove all personal data from your electronic items prior to recycling them. Some items may go on to be refurbished. More information on deleting your data can be found here.

Fix it - gift it - sell it

If your old equipment still works, there are several ways you can pass it on so someone else can make use of it.  Some charity organisations will accept electrical items.  There are numerous online forums and reuse sites that you could advertise it for someone to buy or give it away free.Vintage TV image

Some older items may even have a higher value than you might expect due the resurgence in vintage items. You may be surprised who would want such items whether they work or not (eg TV production companies).

There are still people out there who can mend items!  Try to find your local ‘fix it’ person.  They may be a trade or a experienced person with knowledge of electricals.

To find out where you can repair, reuse or recycle your old electrical items visit our Bin Genie.


Reuse Shops at Main Recycling Centres

Image of Reuse shop electricalsNorfolk Recycling Centres which have a Reuse Shop are now selling PAT tested electrical items.  This is a new scheme to keep working electrical items in use for longer.

So if you need a new hoover, TV or DVD player now might be a great time to come have a look. All items are professionally tested before sale and prices start from just £6.

Reuse shops selling electricals are Caister, Mayton Wood, Hempton, Dereham, Kings Lynn, Thetford and Ketteringham.

If it is broken - recycle it

Image of Assorted Electrical ItemsHousehold electrical items (including light bulbs) can be recycled at all of Norfolk’s Recycling Centres. Please tell a member of staff if you are taking a working piece of electrical equipment along to your local recycling centre as as it may be suitable for reuse.

Some small items can be recycled online by sending them off in the post (e.g. mobile phones).  Search for mobile phone recycling. You may get a small payment even for an older phone.

Norwich City Council have recently introduced an electrical collection service for their residents.  This is a super convenient way of recycling your smaller items.  Larger, bulky items can be disposed off by your local council for a small fee – contact them to find out more.

Manufacturers have to minimise waste from electrical products and promote their reuse. If you are buying new electrical equipment, the supplier should offer collection for your old piece of equipment ensuring it is either reused or recycled correctly.

How are electrical items recycled?