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Small electrical items

  • Small electrical items


    If the item is in good condition, donate it to a charity shop – check whether they want it before leaving it.

    You could also pass it on to somebody else via networks such as Freegle or Gumtree.

  • Alternative options

  • Small electrical items


    Before recycling broken gadgets, see if you can get them fixed.

    • Check out local repair shops for items like phones and computers, and repair services for large appliances like dishwashers.
    • Take small items to a local volunteer-run repair café – we are lucky to have a great network of these locally.
    • If you want to try repairing it yourself, get support at iFixit or check out repair videos on YouTube.
  • Small electrical items


    There are recycling banks for small electrical items at the recycling points on Fawcett Road, Glebe Farm Drive, Hawkey Road, Gwydir Street car park, Lammas Land car park, Chesterton Road public toilets and Abbey Pool car park. The banks will fit items smaller than about 30cm in their largest dimension (or about the area on their smallest side of an A4 sheet of paper).

    We do not accept smoke detectors, light bulbs, e-cigarettes or batteries in these banks, except those that cannot be removed from electrical items.

    We are currently working to install more banks in convenient locations.

    You can also take the item to large Curry’s or John Lewis stores – they’ll recycle it for you free of charge. Most other smaller electrical retailers, for example Argos, will take back your old appliances for recycling on a like-for-like basis if you are buying a new item.

    Participating repair cafés have a small wheelie bin for recycling small electrical items. Check information for your local event.

    Visit Recycle Your Electricals to find all locations for recycling small electrical items.

  • Small electrical items


    Take the item to one of the household recycling centres near Milton and Thriplow.