Electrical and electronic items are anything with wires, plugs, or that use batteries. Find out if you can recycle your electrical and electronic items at home, or where to take them with the recycling search tool.

Yes please

  • Headphones
  • E-cigarette tips
  • Electrical toys including games consoles
  • Mobile phones
  • Household appliances like irons, hairdryers, toasters, microwaves, radios
  • Computers, equipment and screens
  • Smoke detectors and monitors
  • Televisions
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Larger appliances and white goods like fridges and cookers

It is important to recycle or reuse electrical and electronic items as they are hazardous and can’t be thrown in your rubbish.

How to reuse or recycle electrical items

  • Visit the what goes in your bins page to see if your local borough or district council will collect small electrical items from your home. Or if they will collect bulky items for a fee.
  • There are recycling banks for small electrical items at some locations across the county.
  • All of our community recycling centres accept electrical and electronic goods, including large items. From Monday 1 June, residents will be able to take more types of waste to Surrey’s community recycling centres. Ten of Surrey’s CRCs were reopened on 11 May, but only for black bag waste and garden waste. From 1 June more materials, including wood, scrap metal, small electronics and white goods, will be accepted once again. The full list of what can be taken will be available from 1 June at surreycc.gov.uk/recycling or by calling 03456 009 009.
  • Many stores will take away old electrical and electronic items if you’ve bought a new one.
  • Working items can be donated to the Surrey Reuse Network or some local charities or advertised through a free community exchange scheme such as Freecycle, Freegle or FreelyWheely.

Battery recycling

Batteries are hazardous so can’t be put into your rubbish bin. You can take household batteries back to shops such as supermarkets and electrical retailers that have battery recycling bins. You can usually take car batteries to a community recycling centre however these are now closed until further notice – see above.

In some areas batteries can be collected from your home, here batteries should be put into a separate bag to other electrical items. Check the search tool to see if you have this service where you live.

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Once your electricals have been recycled they could be used for things like shipbuilding, galvanising railings and lampposts, in jewellery or musical instruments. Find out more.