Recycle at home = No
White goods and large electrical items cannot be recycled using your council’s recycling collection service.
Recycle out of home = Yes
Most white goods and large electrical items can be recycled at your council-run Household Reuse and Recycling Centre. This includes:
- Washing machines
- Tumble dryers
- Air conditioners
- Televisions (TVs)
- Exercise equipment (running machines, rowing machines etc.)
Some larger electrical stores also accept these items for recycling (locate your nearest one on the Recycle Your Electricals website). Alternatively, you can book a bulky waste collection via your council (a small charge will apply).
If you arrange for a private waste contractor to collect your white goods, then remember; it’s your responsibility to check they have a Waste Carriers Licence. If an un-licensed waste carrier fly-tips your waste, it’s you that can be held responsible.
Be a great recycler…
- Never put electrical items in the rubbish bin – they can cause fires
- Often retailers will collect your unwanted electricals when they deliver your new one – especially larger items like TVs, fridges and freezers
- Donate electrical items that are in good working condition to charities or charity shops – find your local charity shops on the Charity Retail Association website
- Donate electrical items to the Community Reuse Shop (find a drop-off point at your council-run Household Reuse and Recycling Centre)
- If your electrical item is not working, try repairing it. Find a local repair shop or see if there are any repair cafes in your area where you can learn new skills.