Electrical items

Electrical items are classed as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Any electrical items, large or small, can be recycled at your local Recycling Centre. You can’t put electrical items in your bins at home.

On average, every Greater Manchester home has at least three old broken or unwanted small electrical items such as computers, laptops, haidryers and kettles.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Can I recycle it?
Does it have a plug?
Does it use batteries?
Does it need charging?
Does it have the crossed-out wheelie bin logo on it?
If you can answer “YES” to any of the above, you can recycle it at your local Recycling Centre.

What about reuse? If your small electrical items are still working and in a reusable condition, your local reuse organisation may be able to refurbish it and give it a new lease of life and a new home. Some charities will collect unwanted electrical items for free. For more information, visit How do I waste less?

Often shops will collect your unwanted electricals when they deliver your new one – especially larger items like TV’s, fridges and freezers (please note that some retailers may charge to collect electrical items).

Or try online. You can pass on items for free on websites like Freecycle and Freegle.

Recycle for Greater Manchester