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. All Surrey community recycling centres (CRCs) remain open during lockdown, but some are only accepting certain types of waste. Only use the CRCs if you absolutely need to as social distancing measures mean the number of people allowed on sites at any one time is limited. Please check for the latest information before you travel as current opening arrangements are subject to change. For full information on opening dates and times, and waste types accepted at each site, please check Surrey County Council’s website.
  • 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 (CRC), but check the Surrey County Council website before your visit.

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.