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Make the most of old electricals

Man changing fuse in lamp plug

Wednesday 2 January 2019

Every year an estimated 2 million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment items are thrown away by householders and companies in the UK. These are mostly products that either have a plug or need batteries to work.

The good news is it's easy to recycle your old batteries and small electrical items.

  • Find a place to deposit broken electricals and spent batteries near you by using the search function above.
  • If your small electrical items are still working, find a charity that accepts electricals.

Recycle it at your library

Every library in Essex will have a small battery recycling box, which accepts household batteries (e.g. AA, AAA, 6V and D batteries) and batteries from mobile phones and laptops. Speak to library staff for more details.

Larger batteries such as those from cars must be recycled at a recycling centre

You can also find a wheeled container to place broken electrical items inside for recycling at these libraries: